Movie Review: Identity Crisis of Baler


Baler is a movie about the fall of the Spanish soldiers occupying the area. It is also a love story between a provincial lass and a Guardia Civil. Set in the province of Baler, Aurora just before Spain surrendered.

It was packaged as a movie about Philippine Revolution, but fails to be such. Baler had an identity crisis and wasn’t sure who the real heroes are of the particular battle.

Technically, the movie has great cinematography except for one scene, Anne Curtis’ was reading a letter from her beau. The editing could’ve been better. The scenes are abruptly cut short and the focus shifted to another back story.

BALER (2008) [PINOY] DVDRiP HardEngSubs [Tagalog] WingTip.avi_003856953

However, the story itself is problematic. It seems to enshrine as heroes the Guardia Civil locked up in the church instead of the Katipuneros who laid the siege. The story, it was told, was based on a Spanish officer’s diary account, so the bias is definietely there.

The movie failed to give something new, it even failed to accurately depict the Katipuneros. They were shown as very emotional people, who have a one-track mind and a proud swagger. Phillip Salvador’s character is so shallow. Of course, Filipinos were outraged by Spanish soldier’s atrocities, but they joined the revolution for perfectly legitimate and justified reasons, not just purely personal ones.

And while the Katipuneros are being shown as stereotypical goons, with long, unkempt hair and wild eyes, the Spanish soldiers are promoted as heroes for lasting a year long siege.

The movie was geared as a love story, sadly, all the movie achieved is be an apologist for the church and spain.

BALER (2008) [PINOY] DVDRiP HardEngSubs [Tagalog] WingTip.avi_001567399

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5 responses to “Movie Review: Identity Crisis of Baler

  1. Di-Nagpakilala

    hmmf…. dahil report qoh toh maganda narin….hehehe..di lang kc aqoh mahilig za mga history…..☺☺

    • adaengkantada

      hi! hindi rin ako masyado mahilig sa history dati, nood lang ng nood ng pelikula. pero mas naapreciate ko na ang mga pelikula ngayon, lalo if period movies tulad nitong Baler, kung may background ako sa historical setting na ginamit.

      ang tampok naman kasi talaga sa pelikulang ito ay iyong drama sa isang pag-iibigan na parang nakatadhanang mabigo dahil nasa magkaibang panig si Anne curtis at Jericho Rosales. Hindi ko lang talaga nagustuhan ang treatment na parang mas pinapogi ang mga Guardia civil imbes na pinatampok ang military genius ng mga katipuneros. panahon na kasi ito na papatapos na ang 1896 Rev, nang napahina na talaga ng mga katipunero ang Spanish forces at malapit na silang sumuko, at bago umepal ang US (pero ibang kwento na ito :D)

  2. mukha kayong mga puke at titi na naghindutan sa baler, quezon

  3. adaengkantada

    huy! di talaga namin naenjoy ang movie. hindi rin gaanong nashowcase sa movie yung baler mismo. nakakaimbey lang din kasi story nung nanonood kami. medyo lost and kwento.

    musta ang bakasyon?

  4. I didn’t see the movie, pero nasa Baler kami nung isang linggo. Sad thing is, hindi ko nabisita yung museum nila kaya hindi ko talaga alam kung paano rin nila ginugunita ang history ng bayan nila.

    Maganda ang beach dun, maalon. as in. May water falls din sa kalapit na bayan (parang sa labas na ng Baler yun eh). Tinatamad lang ako sumulat ng kwento kaya wala pa sa blog ko ang mga pictures 🙂

    hoy mare…. paramdam ka naman! papasok na ba ang inaanak ko?

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