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Aurora (2018)

TV-14 | | Horror, Thriller | 18 January 2019 (USA)
The passenger ship Aurora mysteriously collides into the rocky sea threatening an entire island. A young woman and her sister must both survive by finding the missing dead for a bounty.

Director:

Yam Laranas

Writers:

Gin De Mesa (story), Gin De Mesa (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anne Curtis ... Leana
Allan Paule ... Eddie
Mercedes Cabral
Marco Gumabao ... Ricky
Andrea Del Rosario ... Celine
Phoebe Villamor Phoebe Villamor ... Rita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ricardo Cepeda
Sue Prado
Arnold Reyes
Ruby Ruiz
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Storyline

The passenger ship Aurora mysteriously collides into the rocky sea threatening an entire island. A young woman and her sister must both survive by finding the missing dead for a bounty.

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

18 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Batanes, Philippines See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,232
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There is no way a house like that would have been built so close to the shore line, the first high tide combined with a storm swell would have washed it away. See more »

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Flawed premise, poor storytelling and waste of money!
27 December 2018 | by filmreviewphSee all my reviews

Aurora definitely is a big budget film. But it failed big time. In the fb posts that i have read, it says critics do not like the film Aurora. But i would like to correct that critics and the ordinary audience share the same sentiments, reactions and comments, the pacing utterly moves like a turtle, the story development is stalled by the unknown and the script is flawed. All of these things have contributed in the poor storytelling of the director.

Would you take a job of finding dead bodies for 50,000 pesos? At an instant, yes! Especially for Leana who only expressed her problems with money only once in the film. There was no pattern to really establish money concerns or any threat that they are facing (with her sister Rita). More so, it is unthinkable for anyone to be a scavenger of decomposing corpses, who does not have the tools and gears to do it. So, Leana ended up asking for help from Eddie (Allan Paule), a fisherman who is more convincing to be poor and needs money. The more logical people to do the rescue (or scavenging) are the Coast Guards, who have the gear and tools, which by the way were accused of being the accomplice in the overloaded Aurora ship. That only shows Coast Guards have more reasons to to clean up their mess before anyone finds it.

The funny part was when Eddie and Ricky found a corpse and was placed in a boat hut. All three of them (Leana, Eddie and Ricky) gathered around decomposing body who seem to be experts like Coroners and were not moved by the stink, gross appearance. And the succeeding sequence shows them vomiting and seemingly took them a while to react to the corpse.

In the many PR articles, it says Aurora is not the typical jump scare film. It is pegged as a Hollywood horror film like 'The Others', which was directed well and leaves no confusion. And the big difference is Aurora was not creepy or will not even give you the feeling of paranoia. But I would like to credit the music score, which in itself is excellent. However, I get the the impression that the music was very exhausted in trying to help the film develop and build up.

Among other confusing points was the intercutting sequences between their house and the Aurora ship that shows the people in the ships's engine room. Was it the imagination of Leana? Was it a storm surge? How did they get into the ship? Or was it a Hollywood signature that give the audience confusion?

Definitely, Aurora is not a horror film.

I gave 3 stars because there are only 3 elements that are good in the film Aurora; Actors, Cinematography and Production design.


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