Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez and his family decide to move from the poverty stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges, and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arrival in Manila, Oscar and his family fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of their survival. Oscar manages to land a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong, his senior officer. Before long, it becomes apparent that Ong has been planning the arrival of someone just like Oscar for sometime.
Heartbreaking but classic movie
- Metro Manila review by PV
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This is a heartbreaking movie but one that shows a story which must be repeated for so many thousands of people in the poorer parts of the world.
All about the Philippines and its corruption, violence, poverty. As is usual, the massive exploitation of the very poor by those who are also not that rich is what happens - as it does in the UK with immigrants exploited by other immigrants to work the land.
Not a pleasant watch sometimes and quite violent - and in a way which may make some question their faith (the Philippines is a very devoutly Christian place).
After watching this, it's easy to understand why so many Philippine people want to work abroad - for example in the British NHS.