MOVIE REVIEW: “Halik sa Hangin” (plus notes on the memorable scenes!)
Classified as a romance-mystery-thriller movie, the film “Halik sa Hangin” is top-billed by Julia Montes, Gerald Anderson, and JC De Vera. This is Star Cinema’s first offering for 2015. It was written by Enrico Santos and was directed by Manny Palo.
Judging from the number of movie goers when we watched “Halik sa Hangin” at Trinoma, it can be presumed that the public’s reception to the film was underwhelming. How can you explain the fact that the theater was less than half-full even though our group watched on a Sunday after the pay day and that the movie is just five days old?
During a bloggers’ conference last January 22, Santos was asked about this film’s similarity to the 2005 movie “Nasaan Ka Man,” which features Claudine Barretto, Jericho Rosales, and Diether Ocampo and is also set in Baguio City. According to the writer, he sees his project as more in line with Hollywood films “Fatal Attraction” (1987) and “Fear” (1996) because it revolves around the theme of obsession and passionate love.
WARNING: The coming part may contain spoilers:
At this point, I’d like to share my thoughts about the movie:
1) The movie begins with Miles Ocampo, a former mainstay in Going Bulilit, getting pranked by her friends on the night of her birthday party. She was initially made to believe that she went inside an empty house without any of her friends around. This scene forebodes not only the various twists in the movie but also the film’s overall horror theme.
2) In his second movie under the Kapamilya network, JC De Vera plays the role of Alvin, a dedicated admirer of Mia (Montes). He is physically attractive, sweet, and thoughtful – but Mia see him as just a friend. However, Alvin does not seem to be very bitter about being “friendzoned.” The two had this cute exchange while inside a bar:
Mia: Nandito ka. *points to her heart*
Mia: Nandito ka, bilang kaibigan.
Alvin: Friendzoned! (after which, they both laughed and exchanged fist bumps)
3) During the same night on that bar, Mia meets Gio Brauner, which is played by Anderson. Ironically, their first conversation happened not on the dance floor but on the building’s roof top (Mia followed him all the day there). You see, stalking pays off occasionally!
1) Picking Baguio City as the movie’s setting – Many now describe Baguio as overpopulated, but no one can ever question the city’s picturesque landscape which serves as an eye-candy for those watching “Halik sa Hangin.”
2) Chemistry between Julia and Gerald – This may be their first on-screen team-up, and still they managed to pull off a lot of kilig moments throughout the movie (the scenes in the hillside, while crossing the hanging bridge, etc.). Undergoing sensuality workshops must’ve worked wonders for this pair. And by the way, their love scene was intense!
3) Very good supporting cast – Edu Manzano and Ina Raymundo only had limited exposure in the movie, but they portrayed their respective roles as a loving mom and a strict but perpetually-concerned stepfather rather convincingly.
Jasmin Curtis-Smith was given just a single speaking part, but it helped a lot in explaining Gio’s dark past. Lest it be forgotten, who knew that Jett Pangan of The Dawn can act?
4) The movie’s theme song, sang by Ebe Dancel, is a perfect match for the love story between Mia and Gio. “Ang ikli ng panahon na binigay sa amin / Pag-ibig na para lang isang halik sa hangin.”
1. Confusing transition for Mia – How exactly did Mia transform from being a musically-inclined teenage girl into a lady engaged in a relationship with an imaginary guy?
2. Gio’s character was pretty predictable – You know there’s something weird with Gio’s character. First, he seems to pop out of nowhere. Second, he is very secretive (he doesn’t want Mia to have photos with him!). In fact, it is not clear in the movie how the two communicated when they’re apart. Lastly, he wears the same James Dean-inspired wardrobe throughout the movie.
* “Hindi ka naman ibang babae sa akin.” – Alvin to Mia
* Mia: “Malay mo, konting hintay na lang, makakasama mo na ang meant to be para sa’yo.”
Gio: “Meant to be? Baka meant to break my heart!”
* “Kung hindi ka maniniwala sa love, ano pang paniniwalaan mo?” – Gio to Mia
* “Kaya mo ba ‘kong mahalin kahit malaman mo ang totoo?” – Gio to Mia