A Political Film About The Presence Of The U.S. Bases In The Philippines
Sa Kuko Ng Agila,also known as "In the Claws of an Eagle", stars Joseph Estrada alongside with Nikki Coseteng, Maria Isabel Lopez, Tommy Abuel, Paquito Diaz and Jinggoy Estrada.The film is a bold depiction of the real Olongapo City when the U.S. Military bases were still there.The movie was written by Ricky Lee and directed by Augusto Buenaventura.
Former Philippine President Joseph Estrada,also known as Erap and who was a senator back then when the movie was made,plays Tonyo,a mini-bus driver who opposes U.S. military bases in the Philippines.He saw the changes of the City after the military bases was established. Social problems of corruption, prostitution, poverty, and the plight of fishermen after the base appropriated much of the land and sea. It also depicts his struggle between a principle and practicality, a battle of healthy past and promising future and the quest for freedom and nationalism.
Although the film presents it to be a political film and it tries to present the effect of the US Bases in the Philippines,it just turned out to be a melodramatic feature with a few action scenes presented in between.Also,it tries to relive Erap's movie image of the underdog which only made the movie less about the theme it tries to present.A docudrama with a presentation of facts would have been better to make it more effective especially for the viewer to realize changes that really took place when the US Bases were established - both good and bad.
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