MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 102,167 this week

Breakaway (2012)
"Alagwa" (original title)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 44 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 4 critic

An impoverished single parent, Robert Lim (Jericho Rosales) spends his free time with his young son Brian (Bugoy Carino), turning his back just for a minute, he loses the little boy. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1477 titles
created 06 Mar 2013
 
a list of 9994 titles
created 25 Jul 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 15 Aug 2013
 
a list of 149 titles
created 16 Dec 2013
 
list image
a list of 34 titles
created 10 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Breakaway" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Breakaway (2012)

Breakaway (2012) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Breakaway.
10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Iceman (2012)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession.

Director: Ariel Vromen
Stars: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco
On the Job (2013)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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.

Director: Erik Matti
Stars: Joel Torre, Gerald Anderson, Piolo Pascual
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young man trying to get at his inheritance hires a woman to play his bride. But though it's just supposed to be an act, things get unexpectedly real between them.

Director: Mae Czarina Cruz
Stars: Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Empoy Marquez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

With barely anything to live for, Emman Toledo (Aga Muhlach), a former dancer, is just about to start his life all over again. He holds the good memories of his past dearly, knowing he will... See full summary »

Director: Olivia M. Lamasan
Stars: Aga Muhlach, Angel Locsin, Jake Cuenca
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jericho Rosales
Bugoy Cariño
Leo Martinez
Smokey Manaloto
John Manalo
Nanette Inventor
Jeremiah Rosales
Carmen Soo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jamieson Lee ...
Gay guy
Marti San Juan
Edit

Storyline

An impoverished single parent, Robert Lim (Jericho Rosales) spends his free time with his young son Brian (Bugoy Carino), turning his back just for a minute, he loses the little boy. Surveillance videos reveal the child being led away by an older man. The father's anguished search begins. When the police fail to locate his child, he plows through the back streets of Manila, unearthing the dark facets of human trafficking, determined to find his son at all costs. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

9 October 2013 (Philippines)  »

Also Known As:

Breakaway  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Grand Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature, Guam International Film Festival 2013. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Jericho Rosales IS the Whole Show!
11 October 2013 | by (Quezon City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

"Alagwa" is a word I have never heard of before. I had no idea what this indie film is all about. However its reputation precedes it as a winner in various award-giving bodies before, both here and abroad, as a winner as Best Picture and Best Actor for star Jericho Rosales. This is definitely a must-watch film.

Robert Lim is a financially-strapped, harassed single dad to his young son Brian. When his beloved son apparently gets kidnapped in a mall one day, Robert never stopped looking for him, even if this quest led him straight to the dark sinister underbelly of Chinatown, into the lair of a child-smuggling syndicate. Will father ever get reunited with his son?

Jericho Rosales does not look a bit like a Chinese guy or mestizo as his family name would indicate, but boy, he really acts up a storm in this film as the exasperated and desperate father. As a father myself to a boys of Brian's age, I really felt everything he is feeling and definitely hit no false notes in his flawless performance. You can really feel an emotional connection with his character.

Bugoy Carino is really a very charming and natural actor as the mischievous Brian. His chemistry with Rosales was so effortless, which really made his disappearance midway in the film more painful to watch. Leo Martinez plays a police chief who vowed to help Robert but whose assistance may have done more harm that good. Smokey Manaloto plays a pimp who was Robert's entry ticket into the underworld. It was good to see the beautiful Singaporean actress Ms. Carmen Soo as the daughter of Robert's boss and Brian's godmother sympathetic to Robert's plight.

Overall, this movie is all about Jericho's performance. His acting definitely definitely rose above the script which was limited by too many convenient and contrived coincidences to be truly realistic. The seemingly meaningless scenes showing Robert roaming the streets of Hong Kong which interrupt the main story being told will gain its significance eventually. The frightfully chilling view inside that disgusting child trafficking syndicate was the visceral punch of the film, and Jericho's reaction is our reaction.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Breakaway (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?