Archive for January, 2011

Friend or foe?

Posted: January 17, 2011 in My World in 4D

Last week my integrity was again questioned by the same people who questioned it before. I was not guilty before as I am right now. But what was sad about this one was he was supposed to be my friend. He did not ask me, he did not tell me and he accused me of cheating. I have not been unfair to him, I have always been transparent to him and after a year he still treated me like an outsider and a stranger.

It all started when I sent my agents a set of questions which I filtered from the possible questions sent by my boss. The same person who viewed my agents’ PCs before viewed my agents PC again. I never know what her real motive is, but I never liked her nor trusted her so when she did this for the second time it proved to me she was never to be trusted nor will she ever be a friend. She will remain as one of those people in the office I will only be civil with.  She brought this to the attention of our supervisor and then boss, and he happened again to be there to see it. She was told that the questions were changed so left it at that, until the results came out and then all hell broke loose.

During the confrontation, he said I should be given a sanction for leaking the questions and akin it to a nursing board exam. It all came from him who was given the actual questions for the supervisory position we were all vying for. I pointed that to him, of course he did not acknowledge. He was more bent on thinking I had one on them, that I had given my agents an unfair advantage. He was so heated up with the fact that he was accused of adding fuel to the fire when he himself, who I happen to consider a friend, just pointed an accusatory finger at me and called me a cheater. Yes he did have the nerve to call me names that day when he was feeling bad that someone called him names. Funny right that he was doing the very same thing. No, I did not lash out the same way he lashed out on the person who called him names. I was very professional and asked him if we were okay. I did not also lash out on those agents he had talked to about me being unfair, about me supposedly cheating. I did not lash out that day not even today just because I know I did no wrong, even if we do this all over again I would do the same thing. I would still coach my agents the best way I can. I am proud that 2 of them made it. I had been able to promote people under me since I began in this company.

What I am though is sad, sad that I even called him friend. Sad that I believed in him, that I trusted him to be fair and nonjudgmental. I kept his secrets, supported his angst and he does this. So much for trust. Now I know better, he is not a friend and I cannot trust him to be one ever. As for her, if there is a third time that she tries to tarnish my integrity ever again, I will just wallop her hard. That one she wont forget and that is a promise.

Funny thing about expectations is when there is none there at all, you get a better experience. Filipinos are a talented lot but when it comes to cinematic effects and what nots, we sorely lag behind other countries, so when my brother asked me to watch RPG I just shrugged matter of factly and came along. It was sort of if there is nothing good on just look for something that you can tolerate, after all P200 is not a cheap way of being bored out of your eyeballs.

As the movie started, the cinema was full but even with kids in tow the opening credits were met by a complete silence. Maybe it was anxiety or the lackluster feeling towards the animation that made the audience just sit tight. A Filipino 3D animation began to tell its story with a fast paced cartoon version of the lead Nico in his RPG image of Zero battling mechanical drones. I was hooked not because of the pacing of the film nor the story (which is not extraordinary nor different from the usual stuff of a little boy turned hero material) but because it was refreshingly Pinoy in all aspect. The humor was so Pinoy even the retorts, ribbing and expressions. The tricycles that roam the province where Nico must be at were so uncannily realistic that there was an appreciative murmurs in the audience. The longganisa eaten by Nico when he woke up and the daing na bangus he shared with his mom during dinner were undoubtedly Pinoy fare. Of course who would forget the good old electric fans in every room that cool us every hour of every day? But I digress so let me start telling you what I feel about the film’s entirety.

The Story is simply about an ordinary boy named Nico who becomes a very fast, agile yoyo wielding vagabond Zero in a massively multi-player online playing games Metanoia. He is used to being ill coordinated that he sought solace in the game where he is control of everything. In real life however, much to the consternation of his mom, he would often fumble and get hit in the head with a fast flying ball. Yet middle of the film, he can be seen playing all sorts of Pinoy games like patintero, taya, tumbang preso, taguan, etc after being thrown out of their hang out at Bomb Shelter by two teen bullies. But soon enough because of a virus that took over the Metanoia community, Nico with the help of his friends and perhaps love interest May along with his dad and what is left of those not yet infected players rescued Metanoia and the world from being mindless drones.

Effects For the first time in a long time, the effects are and if not flawless. There were more hits than misses. There was no latency in terms of the characters movement nor of the transition from the Metanoia environment to Nico’s actual world. It was smooth and clean from one scene to the next. The details too were very worthy of note especially since the animators had a painstaking time in putting them together and give the audience a 3D feel to a very Filipino setting. Let us just say that it is not easy pulling off the tricks each of the players have in their arsenal but the animators managed to do so.

Mang Ernie’s magic and an umbrella like weapon that deflects attacks; K-mao’s Chi powered Rock, Paper, Scissor combo attack; Ahdonis arnis for offensive maneuvers and body tattoo for defense; Sumpak has an arsenal of weapons made by him and Cassandra who is a beast master show that Pinoys can think outside of the box and make an awesome presentation albeit years in the making.

Voice Talents Aga as Dad, Eugene as Mom and Vhong as Cel are for the most part negligible here because the younger talents proved to be great finds. Mika dela Cruz as May is the quintessential girl trying to be one of the boys but yet very feminine in her ways, this was obvious in how her tone changed when playing with the boys and when she was affronted by Nico’s snide comments that she was not his type. Basty Alcances as Mark hit the feeling guapo mark to the hilt, you can hear that he likes girls and he thinks girl like him back in the way he inflects during his dialogues. Jairus Aquino as Bryan gives his character the right bemused or annoyed tone. Aaron Junatas as Bobby stutters a lot and he did well sounding as gullible as his character should be. Zaijian Jaranilla as Nico has that loser voice because he is that at the beginning but his tone changes when he started to have more confidence at the latter part of the movie. Definitely gifted voice talents who breathed a life to clay and computer rendered animation.