REVIEW: Derek Ramsay offers pulse-pounding action in TV5's fantaserye Kidlat


Derek Ramsay is a suitable fit for Kidlat, TV5's newest primetime series that is directed by Mike Tuviera.


Derek's athleticism and buff physique calls for the action-packed role, where he plays a superhero who can control the power of lightning.


Why hasn't anyone thought of this before? The physically fit actor, who is known for excelling in several sports, has mostly been given roles that underplay this element.


In Derek's previous movies and TV shows, he only played the object of desire, an impossibly-perfect man to be fought and won for. All Derek has to do is to exist in the movie, look good, and be fawned over.


Kidlat, therefore, takes Derek's career to a better trajectory. He can now be the good-looking action star that he is made to be.
In the show, Derek plays Voltaire, a powerful man caught in a conundrum. His powers can be used for greater good, but is he willing to leave peace and quiet to be a superhero?


In Kidlat's TV movie premiere last night, January 6, we saw Voltaire face this dilemma head-on. He lives in the mountains with an old hermit, but he still chooses to save people when he can. As a trade-off for this indiscretion, he always covers his face to preserve his anonymity.


This double life is made more solid when he meets Joey (Ritz Azul), a feisty young girl whom he saves from danger twice. Joey develops a crush for Kidlat, but she also meets Voltaire by coincidence, and she thinks he is a nuisance.


The best parts of the TV movie are the scenes of pulse-pounding action. The fight scenes are well-choreographed, and Derek looks so good doing them. He may well be the next big Pinoy action hero.
Add to that is the impressive CGI work that enhances these action scenes. The digital work here is outstanding--when Derek sends a punching bag flying after hitting it with a hard blow, you'd think it happened.


To get to those action scenes, though, viewers must wade through some clunky narrative and exposition.


The most glaring flaw is how the script is filled too much with coincidences. For example, Voltaire and Joey meet at least four times in the TV movie, and all of them are coincidences.


A degree of realism is also needed. In one scene, Kidlat creates a magnetic field to collect all the bombs hidden inside a school, before they explode. He does so successfully, but if the magnetic force is that strong, shouldn't he have also attracted all the metal objects in the area, like the police cars near him?


What Kidlat needs is a smarter script. They couldn't find a more suitable actor in Derek Ramsay, and he can raise this material to get high ratings if TV5 gives him better material to work with.


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