11/27/2007

Movie Review: One More Chance (2007)

How does a lovely couple of five years get back together after breaking up?

That's the question the movie One More Chance tries to answer. The good thing is that the film presents a situation that answers the question with more correctness than goofs.

The couple central to the story is Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (Bea Alonzo) . Their story is given enough background-- they were college sweethearts who, after five years, get engaged. The conflict of the movie arises when Basha gets fed up with Popoy's controlling ways and opts to have more space and personal growth by breaking up with Popoy. Popoy, on the other hand, is devastated as his plans are quashed and deals with the break-up unwisely. The story moves forward and gets better at that point.

What I like about the movie is the good exposition of how people these days deal with break-ups and how the people/environment that surrounds them (friends, family, work, etc.) is affected by the personal turmoil. What I don't like is the very weak supporting cast-- it was virtually a hodge-podge of vets and newbies that really do not make their marks in the movie. Also, I found the last third of the movie a bit too contrived to let the loose ends tie together sloppily.

One More Chance is a movie an older audience would appreciate (as opposed to I've Fallen For You) and people would enjoy it for its honesty, good balance of tear-jerking moments and a solid performance by John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

Rating: 3.5/5


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