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On the Job: Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials.
On the Job: Filipino crime thriller inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates are temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of politicians and high ranking military officials.

On the Job: Gangster melodrama feels marinated in hardscrabble reality Add to ...

  • Directed by Erik Matti
  • Written by Erik Matti and Michiko Yamamoto
  • Starring Joel Torre, Gerald Anderson and Piolo Pascual
  • Year 2013
  • Country Philippines
  • Language Filipino

Erik Matti’s intense Manila-set gangster melodrama opens with the shooting death of a man on the midday streets.

The middle-aged shooter, Tatang (Joel Torre), is the mentor to a young thug, Daniel (Gerald Anderson). Both men turn out to be prison inmates, illicitly sprung each time a hit is required by powerful interests, who give the payments to their families.

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Meanwhile, National Bureau of Investigation detective Sgt. Acosta (Joey Marquez) tries to solve the crime, while attempting to guide rookie cop, Francis (Piolo Pascual). Francis’s marriage into a prominent political family should ensure his future if he can only learn to compromise.

Set in condos, slums, government offices and a teeming squalid prison, On the Job feels marinated in hardscrabble reality. Action scenes throughout are unnervingly frenetic, with the tension amplified by the sheer density of the crowds.

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