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On the Job [Blu-ray] (2013)

Piolo Pascual , Joel Torre , Erik Matti  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Piolo Pascual, Joel Torre, Joey Marquez, Gerald Anderson
  • Directors: Erik Matti
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: Filipino
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E3G1G46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


"propulsive thriller" --New York Times

"heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping" --LA Times

"a familiar but exciting echo of The Departed" --Indie Wire

"heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping" --LA Times

"a familiar but exciting echo of The Departed" --Indie Wire

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When a prominent drug dealer is murdered, Sergeant Acosta (Joey Marquez) and Federal agent Francis (Piolo Pascual) lead the investigation, but the trail goes immediately cold. What they discover is a conspiracy of massive scale: the killers (Joel Torre and Gerald Anderson) are inmates, temporarily released from jail as assassins before returning to incarceration.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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First of all, I am a Filipino living here in the US for more than a decade now. I have lived in the Philippines and walked through the urban streets of Manila when I was a teenager. It is hard to explain the difference of the ghetto here in the Philippines. Manila, this is where cops and officials are very difficult to trust. As for the Philippine government, killing your enemy is just part of the game and it is the way of life. Totally different of how it is in the US.

Now, I usually don't like Filipino movies because of its cliché love stories and its corny action but this one is a must see! The quality of this movie is by far in my opinion, top notch-Pinoy flic.

This is a dark tale of corruption in the Filipino justice system along with the question of morality and integrity in every society. I really recommend this one for everyone who appreciates a great story and this movie is based on true events. And anyone who wants to try something new.

Pag pinoy ka: Ang lupet ni ng performance ni Joey Marquez dito. Di ko inaasahan na ang isang comediante ang galing na pinakita niya sa pag arte. Pinakita sa pelicula na ito ang corrupt na systema at justicia sa Pilipinas.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Sometime last year, I managed to finagle a copy of ELITE SQUAD 2: THE ENEMY WITHIN from a distributor by request, mostly because I had heard so many good things about the motion picture from online friends. In a nutshell, the story explores how institutional corruption builds as well as feeds on itself when it’s sanctioned by whatever form of government created and propagated it for general use; but what the film did uniquely well was show how that behemoth truly destroys the lives of those in and around the institution’s various agencies. Personally, I loved the film – as did many, many others – and it was probably the one piece of entertainment that received the highest number of recommendations from me to others looking for something worthwhile.

Well, 2014 is only off to a start, and I may’ve already found this year’s contender: a Filipino crime thriller called ON THE JOB. To me, it’s come out of nowhere – I’ve heard absolutely nothing about the flick. I just plucked it from the DVD player … and I’m honestly thinking I’ll throw it back in tomorrow. Yes, it’s that good.

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)

A prominent drug dealer is shot dead on the streets during a public celebration. The killers – Tatang (played with simmering fury by Joel Torre) and Danny (Gerald Anderson) – simply walk away and disappear into the crowd. A few blocks away, an SUV picks them up … and returns them to prison.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On The Job is a surprising movie. March 12, 2014
By nicole
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On the job takes place in the Philippines where a lot of crimes occur. This movie opened my eyes more and i just saw how corrupt politicians are in Philippines, its a must watch for those who love foreign movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice movie, full of action. March 2, 2014
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Very nice movie, a true to life depiction of present day corruption within the government and what's funny is? it is still happening at this very moment. Corruption is everywhere and is most common on third world countries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Gritting. June 2, 2014
By Pacman
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For the price you cant beat. Really good movie, very gritty,brutal and little bit funny. Reality of corruption and power on any government.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Philippines Enter the Fray May 1, 2014
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I've seen some number of films set and/or shot in the Philippines but, if I've ever seen one produced there, it was nowhere near this caliber.

Here's the scoop. Two prison inmates routinely "escape" prison and perform assassinations. They then re-enter prison so as not to be detected. An upcoming presidential election brings the assassinations into focus. A good cop is brought in on said investigation and the waters get murky and dangerous.

This is way far ahead of any Philippino movie I've ever seen. It's directed more like something out of Hong Kong. The camera work, editing and such are a solid step up from the usual fare. The music score is also very cool. It has a 70's-ish flavor to it. The story is also rather clever. Again, more like a Hong Kong crime thriller.

As good as this is on the face of it, for my dollar, the script could have used a Hollywood sensibility to it. The plot points are there but needed punching up and smoothing out. For instance, there is no clever detective work in finding out who's performing the assassinations. They get the info through an informant. And the political/familial aspect of showing the difficulty the lead investigator has working the case could have been better. Also, said investigator's relationship with the aging sergeant needed work. Hollywood has done this better any number of times. I don't always fly the Hollywood flag but they do this sort of thing really ell. It isn't supposed to be good art. It's good craft and those roads have been well traveled.

This is well worth watching and I'd bet Hollywood IS working on their version. I hope they are and I am interested in seeing the results.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Published 1 day ago by adrian k. york
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready set go!!!
Load's of ACTION!!! Fast pace cat and mouse with a shake thrown in....
Published 27 days ago by jhadee
3.0 out of 5 stars but was kinda disappointed in the lack of action
I was amped to watch this after reading the reviews, but was kinda disappointed in the lack of action. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SMJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great thanks
Published 1 month ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks .
Published 1 month ago by SILVIU POPESCU
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 1 month ago by arthur cheeks
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Bought it for my wife who is Phillipino, Good action and great ending. Wont spoil it for you so watch carefully.
Published 4 months ago by William H. Jefferson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great high-budget Filipino action movie.
To be honest I had really low expectations for this movie, as most Filipino action movies are mediocre at best. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jmd1189
4.0 out of 5 stars On the Job
Great story as it really happens back home, I suppose. Great actors picked to portray roles. Absolutely HD quality. A must see move for Filipinos.
Published 5 months ago by Rick P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, true to life in the Philippines.
It's a gripping movie and with a realistic depiction of how corruption and violence occurs in the Philippines throughout the underworld and above.
Published 5 months ago by Zok
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