Imus Productions' 'Resiklo,' Huge in Scope, Budget, Cast and More

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Byline: Crispina Belen

Another most-anticipated entry to the 2007 Metro Manila Film Festival which will officially start tomorrow, Dec. 25, is Imus Productions' "Resiklo." Topbilled by Sen. Bong Revilla, the movie was made in the true tradition of the film company's previous big-budgeted epic movies like "Agimat" and "Exodus."

Expectedly, "Resiklo" (which has been Rated A by the Cinema Evaluation Board) is rich and huge in scope and cast, and needless to say, budget. But it entailed lesser budget than what was needed to do "Exodus," Imus Productions' MMFF entry last year. But Bong said he left no stone unturned to make the movie at par with Hollywood movies of the same genre. "Resiklo" is a futuristic story about a battle waged by survivors of a holocaust against alien invaders who try to reduce the whole planet to smithereens.

In "Resiklo," Bong plays Crisval Sarmiento, an ex-military colonel who becomes the reluctant leader of a rag-tag group of holocaust survivors who try to survive in a secret sanctuary called Paraiso which is threatened by the Mutanos, or mutated humans, serving the insect-like alien race called Balang, and the alien invaders themselves. In order to survice, Crisval and his group must defeat the technologically-advanced alien race by using robots they have engineered from recyled parts of derelict everyday machines and military components. Thus the title "Resiklo."

In the end, the rag-tag group realizes that, in the battle for human survival, the best and most effective weapon is love and faith. "It's the good old story of the triumph of human spirit against evil," said writer-director Mark Reyes who was the megman of the GMA 7's smash hit fantasy-adventure series "Atlantika" and "Enkantadia."

"Resiklo" also stars Dingdong Dantes (as Angelo "Gelo" Arcega), Jennylyn Mercado, Michelle Madrigal, T.J. Trinidad, Benjie Paras, Paolo Contis, Jairus aquino, Ella Cruz, Barbie Sabino, Jojo Revilla, Andrew Schimmer, Empress Schuck, Roi Vinzon, Mylene Dizon, Chinggoy Alonso, Ram Revilla, King Gutierrez and Cloyd Robinson.

At his recent Christmas party for the entertainment press (where fabulous gifts, in cash and in kind, were raffled off) Sen. Bong said the budget for "Resiklo" was really big in order to ensure mind-boggling special effects. Post-production was done in Thailand. "I saw to it that we would come up with a movie that would appeal to people of all ages, but especially the kids. I want my movies to be seen by kids. And especially so because this is for the annual film festival."

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Marian Rivera

realizes dream

For Marian Rivera (of "Marimar" fame), working with "Diamond Star" Maricel Soriano in Regal Entertainment's "Bahay Kubo (A Pinoy Mano Po)" is a dream come true. Maricel, she said, is her idol, one she looks up to. "Bata pa ako, gustong-gusto ko na siya. I idolize her a lot. I am honored to have worked with one of the greatest actresses in Philippine Cinema. It's really a big honor to work with Ms. Soriano, and to play her daughter at that. It is a dreamcome-true for me."

Marian is one of today's fast-rising stars, and definitely GMA Artist Center's brightest at the moment. For this year's MMFF, she has two movies: The rib-tickling "Desperadas" where she shares stellar billing with Ruffa Gutierrez, Rufa Mae Quinto and Iza Calzado, and the heartwarming "Bahay Kubo."

In "Bahay Kubo," Marian plays Lily, one of the adopted children of Eden (Maricel). A crucial scene she did in the movie is when she reiterates her support to Eden when all the other children have left, either because they were reclaimed by their real parents, or ran away because of conflicts with Eden. …