Gritty crime thriller about RP crime & politics opens Sept. 27 in LA, OC, San Diego cinemas
“On The Job” garnered high acclaim from the New York media during its press screening Monday.
Indiewire even compared it to Infernal Affairs and The Departed, calling it “very intense” and “definitely a tough, politically knotty film.”
On the Job twice earned comparison to Infernal Affairs, the 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and starring Lau and Tony Cheung.
“Somewhere in that confusing mess there is a real story – in the same way that Infernal Affairs was,”
said Stuart Lee of WNYN TV.
Jeffrey Lyons called the film “fascinating and extremely absorbing. Unlike any fast-moving crime drama you’ve seen before. The use of hand-held cameras through the narrow streets puts you right into the action.”
Examiner cited On the Job for its “great action, chase scenes, bloody, graphic violence, adrenalin rush, and relationship stuff too.”
And Diana Lee hailed the film as “a crime thriller with fast-paced action and a surprisingly exciting twist.”
On the Job is directed by Erik Matti and stars Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez, Michael de Mesa, Leo Martinez, Angel Aquino, Lito Pimentel, and Vivian Velez. It is set for release on September 27 in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego (list of theaters below):
The film delves deep into the inner-workings of the ingenious hitmen, honest cops, ambitious federal agents, and shady government officials. It is in fact based on the true scandal that rocked the Philippines where prison inmates were contracted by high-level politicians to temporarily leave jail and conduct a series of assassinations before returning to incarceration.
After a prominent drug dealer is murdered by two hitmen—Tatang (Joel Torre) and Daniel (Gerald Anderson)—police sergeant Acosta (Joey Marquez) takes the lead in the investigation, but goes nowhere because the killers vanish behind the security of the prison—the last place cops will look.
Federal agent Francis Coronel (Piolo Pascual) is called in to oversee the case by his controlling father-in-law Manrique (Michael De Mesa), a congressman, on the orders of General Pacheco (Leo Martinez). Acosta is skeptical as he relinquishes the case to the ambitious Francis. No sooner is her pulled back to the probe with the death of his friend (played by Lito Pimentel) who is involved in the assassination business. Now Acosta and Coronel follow their instincts on the trail of the hitmen—and on a collision course with powerful men who will do anything to silence them.
The film was screened and had a world premiere in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
On the Job is set for release on September 27 in New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego. See theaters below:
LOS ANGELES/ ORANGE/SAN DIEGO:
Orange Stadium Promenade
1623 W Katella Ave
Orange, CA 92867
AMC Plaza Bonita 14
3050 Plaza Bonita Rd.
National City, CA 91950
UA Los Cerritos Galaxy Stadium 11
435 Los Cerritos Center
Cerritos, CA 90703
Edwards Theaters Cerritos Stadium 10
12761 Towne Center Dr
Cerritos, CA 90703
UA Horton Plaza 14
475 Horton Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
West Covina Stadium 18
1200 Lakes Dr.
West Covina, CA 91790
Ontario Palace Stadium 22
4900 E 4th St
Ontario, CA 91764