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Meet Lucas, the son only a mother can love

Early this year, VIVA International Pictures gave us the heart-pumping blockbuster horror movie, The Boy.  If you’re one of those who enjoyed the psychological tension brought by its leading character, Brahms, then brace yourself for another story of an ominous boy in VIVA Films’ Elemento.  

While on a field trip to a forest, grade-school student Lucas (Albert Silos) answers a call of nature and relieves himself among the foliage.  Unknown to him, he was being observed by a couple of children who seem displeased by what he did.  Upon his return home, Lucas starts to exhibit unusual behavior that makes even his own dog ill at ease around him. 

Kara (played by Cristine Reyes), who is a very doting mother to Lucas, also cannot ignore the fact that her mild-tempered son has become menacing.  A neighbor (played by Elizabeth Oropesa) tells her of the dreadful possibility that something from the woods may have possessed her son 

Supernatural horror. “Elemento” is a story about Kara (Cristine Reyes) and her struggle when her son Lucas (Albert Silos) returned from school field trip, with a different soul.
 
Kara (played by Cristine Reyes), who is a very doting mother to Lucas, also cannot ignore the fact that her mild-tempered son has become menacing.  A neighbor (played by Elizabeth Oropesa) tells her of the dreadful possibility that something from the woods may have possessed her son.      

Kara’s fear intensifies when she receives a call from a boy who sounds like Lucas, frantically begging her to rescue him in the forest.  The harrowing ordeal that follows also leads to a shocking discovery.  

Filmmaker Mark Meily ventures into horror genre for the first time with “Elemento”
Elemento is Mark Meily’s first creative venture into the horror genre.  Aside from being the director, he also wrote the screenplay, basing it on his own child’s supernatural experience.  As evident in the trailer, Meily has made a gripping movie that is worth watching in full.  

His roster of films include the acclaimed movies like Crying Ladies, La Visa Loca, ABNKKBSNPLAko, and award-winning historical masterpieces Baler, and El Presidente.  

Playing the role of Lucas, this film is a big break for young actor Albert Silos who appeared in Turo Turo which was part of MMFF New Wave competition in December last year.  Elemento also stars Jake Cuenca as Lucas’ father.  

See how Elemento takes Pinoy horror to a new direction. The film is in theaters nationwide now.

★★★★★

Another bomb threatens to explode on ‘Bastille Day’

Charlotte le Bon and Idris Elba in a film directed by James Watkins and written by Andrew Baldwin
As timely as today’s headlines and government around the world’s concerns in battling terrorism comes the riveting action film Bastille Day based on true events starring Idris Elba and Richard Madden out to stop a series of bomb attacks in Paris.

Bastille Day is a story with buried layers - personal, action, and geopolitical - and, even though it’s a very, very fast paced action thriller, it does touch on the anger that a lot of people have in terms of feeling disenfranchised from the political process. You see it in London, you see it in Paris, and it is a big theme in the plot because the bad guys exploit it. 

Actors Idris Elba and Richard Madden in a scene from the American  action film “Bastille Day” 
Taking the lead is Idris Elba as Sean Briar, the CIA operative who has been confined to a desk job in Paris after a mission in the Middle East went wrong.  Elba describes Sean Briar as “a CIA veteran, he’s been around for a long time and the posting in Paris is a step down for him after the high profile covert work he was doing before. He’s an army guy who just wants to get the job done and go home. His boss, Karen, instructs him to go and get Michael, who’s the prime suspect in the bombing, but Briar believes that there’s more to the story than that. So he has to follow his hunch even though he’s disobeying orders. These two characters - Briar, and Michael- make for an unlikely duo of heroes. They’re thrown into and are forced to team up and navigate their way through the twists and turns of the impending catastrophe. It’s not just action for action’s sake. It’s an action-packed film; but at the heart, there are characters that you care about and there’s a very compelling storyline.” 

Bastille Day opens April 20 in theatres nationwide from Axinite Digicinema.

Topics: Elemento , viva films , horror film , cristine reyes , bastille day , Idris Elba , Richard Madden
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