We were present at the premiere night of SWIPE, Viva Films' latest offering. The film is an intriguing dramatic thriller that builds on the deception and paranoia of the movie's characters, whose common thread is their social media connection.
The movie revolves around the lives of tenants of Sunrise Apartment whose day-to-day living takes a serious turn as they enter the world of a social dating app called Swipe, much like the popular Tinder app where you can swipe right if you like that person and swipe left if not.
Swipe's montage of stories represent the different fates of online dating users. There is Gloria, a middle-aged and newly single woman portrayed by Maria Isabel Lopez.
Frank, portrayed by Gabby Eigenmann, is a married executive and escapist. Frank only shows his true colors through his online persona.
Meg Imperial plays Janet, who struggles to save her marriage with Edward, played by Alex Medina, as she recovers from a dark past.
Indie actress Mercedes Cabral fills in the shoes of Loida, the building’s new security guard, who becomes the silent witness to the unmasking of the characters' dark side.
Other performers include Luis Alandy as Leo, the apartment complex’s manager; Neil Coleta as Jiggy, the son of Gloria; Rob Moya as Josh, the online friend of Frank; Alvin Anson as Ted, the online lover of Gloria; Madlen Nicolas as Criselda, the notorious busybody of the apartment building; Roli Inocencio as Andres, the maintenance man of the complex; Arpee Bautista as Santos, the guard; Matthew Barbers as Perf, Janet’s friend; and Matt Daclan as Cenon, the husband of Loida.
Before I've watched the movie, I have seen the trailer featuring Maria Isabel Lopez and Meg Imperial on TV and I got intrigued by it. First because it's not everyday that we see this kind of movie aside from the usual rom-com flicks, and I can really relate to this movie because of my job as a social media manager and as a blogger. Honestly, I've tried this kind of app before. Met new friends personally and some of them is now an FB friend.
Meg Imperial is a revelation on this movie, this girl can really act. I became an instant fan of her. Maria Isabel Lopez, Alex Medina, Mercedes Cabral and Luis Alandy performed their role really well. Newcomer Rob Moya fits his role perfectly. The films not just tackle all the fun and excitement of social media but also the dangers of it.
Swipe is a well-written film that will makes you think twice and ponder if you are doing your social media right. With the fast-paced advancement of technology, a few clicks online can really make or break a person. Filled with stories from the shadows, Swipe will show that online activities cannot be hidden in real life and that all actions produce their own chain of consequences.
Swipe is the first movie offering of Aliud Entertainment headed by Paolo Fernandez. The film is rated R-16 by the MTRCB. Directed by Ed Lejano, the movie is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
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