T500FC, 405th: No Blood, No Surrender (Rudy Dominguez, 1986)


Sometimes whenever I say that we should pursue positive cinema in all aspects, meaning there must be something good in a film despite all the negative reviews and critiques behind it, it might backfire in one instance or another. There is a great difference if the film is that bad that becomes good and there is a film where it is completely bad that you are still wondering why it is still existing in the planet. The only defense in this, probably, is for historical reasons.

Palito, one of the thinnest actors this country has produced, stars in his take on the Rambo genre, hence the title No Blood No Surrender. To make everything else short, it just start from him being a retired army man who is looking for a person in a rural town and in turn is harassed by the local government and police. He tries to defy them with his thin-framed muscled body and a lot of courage on the side.

I know producers try to discover and create a new Weng-weng. From what I see, this country thrived to create new personalities. It ranges from three stooges wannabes to large men who are dumb to a presidentiable who don a wig. It all ends up to local film archive, I’d like to say that it is sad. But it isn’t. The premise of producers before was to create a lot of films hoping that they would achieve a wonderful target; it happens but not for this film.

I certainly didn’t enjoy this. Bad acting. Bad script. Bad everything. And it retains to that. No cult status. No memorable scenes. I think we have to accept that Palito is only good for a few minutes of screen time. In case he heads the bill, it might go downhill. But you might think that things like these were created to help him, I see that, they are probably right. But I think it would be better if they would just help him in another way.

And no, this won’t go well with Rambuto. Redford White has charisma which in turn makes this film good for the archives only. I think there are other Palito led films out there that might be good. Alas, this one is forgettable, regrettably.


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