|Gabo Walang Patawad Kung Pumatay|
Gabo... is a typical Filipino action picture in that it follows a conventional formula dominated by macho fight scenes and even bigger, endless battle sequences. In Gabo... Samonte demonstrated some very admirable qualities of an important filmmaker. He has a keen grasp of the film medium, he is a good storyteller and has a mastery of the action drama genre and is able to stage provocative, fast-paced fight stunts. Samonte is also successful in eliciting good character scenes from his actors. There are several outstanding performances in this film. Unfortunately, very few teenage wannabes possess the winning combination of maturity, good looks and intelligence of Gabby Concepcion who is able to combine sensitivity and mature insight in the handling of his role. Patrick de la Rosa's blow torch school of acting blows away any actor who cannot match his shotgun attack on character roles. His fancy acting nuances as Honey Boy Cervantes is usually expected from lead actors and not from supporting players. Ruel Vernal's forceful performance of petty henchman Bogart is full of sincerity, conviction and a powerful projection of inner menace. Eddie Arenas' inherent overacting in his role of crime lord Don Leon Cervantes was successfully handled by having his back turned to the camera most of the time. Rudolph Yaptinchay is better because he has learned to relax even under pressure and sweetens his performance with subtle humor and unspoken asides which color his role of Ogie, the informant. Aiko Melendez is able to transform her decorative role as Meanne, Sgt. Gabo's younger sister into an interesting character study despite her distracting assets. Donita Rose effectively portrays gutsy journalist Daniela Jones making her décolletage act out of fear, not submission. Her milky complexion is enough to make any male salivate. Samonte utilizes the production design to give texture to his scenes. He also pays attention to nuances that create character like making Honey Boy dress impeccably thus motivating his superiority over Sgt. Gabo. It is refreshing to see an enjoyable action movie with a fairly realistic storyline, good performances, enough thrills and suspense.
Written And Directed By: Mauro Gia Samonte
Director Of Photography: Sergio Lobo
Musical Director: Mike Loanzon
Film Editor: Rudy Tabo-Tabo
Production Designer: Jess Aguilar
Produced By: Regal Films, Inc.
Release Date: July 11, 1991