Ang Panday 2009 Movie
May 8, 2012
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While decent, it seemed that the special effects added to the movie was too much, especially the fight scenes. Every scene where Flavio cuts up enemies immediately mean that everything has to vibrate, slow down, and eventually end with the “Panday Pose.” Audiences would probably have appreciated the fight choreography even more if the special effects were toned down.
Lastly, the set design of the film has the tendency to look bland. The town square (or talipapa) has just one road, with a couple of market stands and a church and it gets a lot of screen time. Since special effects are the key to this film, they could have virtually added additional homes, landmarks, etc. The same goes for Lizardo’s cramped crib (It’s basically a huge palace with interior shots limited to just a little throne room, a Jacuzzi, and a side entrance).
VERDICT. If you can forgive Ang Panday’s plot holes, poor editing and claustrophobic sets, then you won’t mind enjoying the fantasy-filled and special effects laden thrill ride this film has to offer.
This action-fantasy film is one of the seven entries competing in the 35th Metro Manila Film Festival. The new version of Ang Panday is co-produced by GMA Films and Imus Productions and is directed by Mac Alejandre.