The Bourne Legacy to be Included in This Year’s Metro Manila Film Festival

MANILA, Philippines —  “The Bourne Legacy” starring Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz has proven to be a hit among Filipino viewers, with scenes from the movie shot around Metro Manila helping raise the excitement of fans even more.

Despite the bad weather, the Hollywood action film “The Bourne Legacy” earned P17.6 million on its opening day in the country on Wednesday, August 8.

This makes it the best-selling “Bourne” film in the Philippines, said Emy Abuan, publicist of Solar Entertainment Corp. and movie distributor United International Pictures. (from ABS-CBN News)

Film critics abroad on the other hand, were not too pleased with Director Tony Gilroy’s latest offering. Online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes listed The Bourne Legacy as receiving a rating of 54% in its ‘Tomatometer’ and an average score of 5.9 out of 10. Most critics found the movie not compelling enough compared to the earlier entries starring Matt Damon.

“Everything Gilroy and crew concoct only serves to mock the excellence and passion with which Greengrass delivered his films.” – Ian Nathan of Empire Magazine

“The Bourne Legacy arrives at one of the most jarringly abrupt and anticlimactic conclusions I’ve ever seen” – Jeffrey Overstreet

The revised poster for the movie’s Metro Manila Film Festival showing

But these negative reviews did not stop Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) from announcing  the inclusion of the movie to their annual film festival.

“We are proud to announce that The Bourne Legacy will be shown again in theaters come December 25 as part of the Metro Manila Film Festival. And as such, the movie would also be eligible to receive nominations and accolades on the awards night,” said MMDA Chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino.

Tolentino lauded MMDA’s cooperation with Universal Pictures, particularly with Mr. Gilroy during the filming of the scenes in the country that they decided to make an exception to the rule about foreign movies being shown during the festival. It is also a chance to showcase and prove to the world that despite EDSA’s notoriety with traffic, car chases are still possible in these modern times.

It would be remembered that the filming of the movie here last January was cancelled due to MMDA’s cleanup of the areas selected by the director. The MMDA then, sensing the irony of what they did, returned all the dirt and trash to their original place so as to appease and change the mind of Gilroy. (Full story here)

“Universal pictures was already notified of the inclusion of their movie to the film festival and they told us that construction of their floats for the parade has already started,” added Tolentino. “Malaki daw ang budget nila para sa float. Walang raw sinabi ang Enteng, Agimat, Juday, Mano Po at Shake Rattle & Roll combined (They have a huge budget for their float. Enteng, Agimat, Juday, Mano Po and Shake Rattle & Roll combined has nothing on them, they say).”

The chairman was quick to point out that actors Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz will not be nominated for any awards, as it would be unfair to local talents if they did. “Kahit paulit-ulit na yung mga bida sa MMFF bawat taon, hindi parin tamang isama ang mga taga-Hollywood sa ating patimpalak (Although the stars on our annual festival are repeats or rehashes, it would still be unfair if we let talents from Hollywood join our contest).”

That is why, the Chairman decided to instead nominate Filipino actors from the movie in special awards.

The nominees are:

  • John Arcilla – Best looking Filipino security guard with an accent of the year
  • Madeleine Nicolas – Classy looking landlady of the year
  • Anne Garcia – Best actress in a “mother shocked to see a foreigner thief in her home” role
  • Lou Veloso – “I thought he was gonna say something in the end” award
  • Jones Bridge – “Throngs of people in a movie but not in real life” award
  • Art Acuna – “Do you really need an actor to drive a car, only to get bumped by a Thai dude” award
  • Joel Torre – “Now you see me, now you don’t” award
  • DOT Recognition Award for Edward Norton – “I was in the Philippines during the shoot, but not in the movie” award

MMDA’s 2012 Metro Manila Film Festival starts December 25 with nine movies this year.

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