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Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | 10 August 2018 (USA)
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An anti-drug enforcement agency stages a massive drug bust in the slums of Manila.


Erik Matti


Anton C. Santamaria (screenplay), Erik Matti (screenplay) | 1 more credit »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Curtis ... Nina Manigan
Brandon Vera ... Rico Yatco
Victor Neri ... Bernie Lacson
Arjo Atayde ... Biggie Chen
Levi Ignacio ... Chongki
Alex Calleja ... Teban
Lao Rodriguez ... Rudy Dela Cruz
Joross Gamboa ... Cocky
Ricky Pascua Ricky Pascua ... Solomon
Nonie Buencamino ... Director Alvarez
Sheen Gener ... Alda Lacson (as Sheenly Gener)
AJ Muhlach ... Gelo Elia
Mara Lopez ... Loren Santos
Tarek El Tayech ... Iggy Hizon
Maddie Martinez Maddie Martinez ... Dora


After surviving the slaughter of her entire squad in a drug raid compromised by dirty cops, anti-narcotics special operative Nina Manigan (Anne Curtis), is eager to go head-to-head with the drug cartels that hold a bloody grip on Manila. But when her new mission in the city's most dangerous slum goes south, the angry civilians turn on her squad. Trapped between a brutal drug gang and hordes of bloodthirsty citizens, their only option is to fight their way out, turning one claustrophobic street at a time into a symphony of apocalyptic violence.

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Action | Thriller


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Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

10 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operacja Manila See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,955, 12 August 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$178,471, 6 September 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Originally set to release in February, 28 2018 but the studio decided to complete the principal photography. See more »

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overrated and senseless slaughter
4 August 2018 | by alexanderstromerSee all my reviews

Imitating the basic storyline of "The Raid" does not give you a good movie and this is the best example of that.

First let's have a look at the good aspects of it: 1. Pictures, Scenes, Camera are well done. Especially the 3 min one-shot action scene almost at the end is a highlight. 2. Brandon Vera did a good job, not only in martial art (he has MMA background), but also the best acting in the cast. 3. Gore scenes are splendidly done

Bad (everything else): 1. The build-up of the movie takes far too long, 30 min+ for introduction, walking talking non-essential. 2. The whole movie feels like it wants to waste time in general where the director did not know how to squeeze more time out of it. Chase, wait, walking scenes take too long. 3. The main cast (Anne Curtis) has not prepared enough for this flick. Her character is a drug agent with gun skills, yet she chooses to use hand-combat (which looks staged) against muscled up men. Holds a gun in front of enemies so close you can already punch it away. She ties her hair only half into the movie, just to look cool in the first half. Her acting is wooden (expressionless face), has no charisma and general non-leading behavior. Is able to unrealistically beat a whole mob with hand to hand combat and escapes miraculously. She steps up when needed, but thats about it. I would have preferred Brandon Vera being the lead and she is the sidekick. 4. Story: look, when you make a movie, the story should not be explainable within 3 sentences. There happens to be a twist but its not really that hard of a shocker. 5. Civilians: Since when are civilians running towards gun and like to get slaugthered. Since when are civilians fighting the police? This is just nonsense and made up to have more gunfood. Mindless contribution.

The whole movie is essentially just a gore-heavy flick with a lot of waiting and chasing (especially in the beginning). Nobody has any special skills except Brandon Vera, so this movie has nothing how it can separate itself from other movies. I don't recommend watching this movie as it is like a senseless slaughter and little to no-fun lines. Non-memorable

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