In Your Eyes: Movie Review

"In Your Eyes" is a romance-drama film that tries to be different because it has guts to ploy a plot that is different from your typical Filipino love story. The film's basic premise, in our honest opinion, already borders controversial and we are definitely interested in how they will pull this off. Up at bat are the actresses Claudine Barretto who has seen better days on the big screen and Anne Curtis who has had a knack for annoying us every time we watch her. GMA Films has a lot to show since they have been providing lackluster films ever since the Nineties ended. Can they finally pull this off?

Ciara (Claudine Barretto) and Julia (Anne Curtis) lost their mom when Julia was born. Since then, Ciara has been the mother figure for her sister Julia. When their father died too, both sisters vowed that they will strive for a better life in the States. Ciara, as usual, takes responsibility to fulfill that dream and has been working in the States for seven years already. The time has come for Julia to follow suit but before she goes to America, she meets Storm (Richard Gutierrez) and falls in love with him. Storm decides to follow Julia but after a while, he realizes that being an illegal alien in US is difficult, so he decides to go back home. Julia decides that a fixed marriage between her sister and Storm is the best way to have him stay as this will give him a working visa after eight months. The unfortunate happens when both Storm and Ciara fall for each other. Will Julia ever know the truth and will they ever fix this complicated love triangle?

"In Your Eyes" had us confused. On one hand, we do think it was a competent effort for a drama film which actually brings something new into the table. On the other hand though, we felt it was a frustrating experience of being completely wiped out by weirdness on key scenes. We even wonder if they actually did that on purpose, putting off-key elements that completely destroyed the film's effectiveness. If you were looking for drama, then we can definitely say this is a film that brings it. Much props to Claudine Barretto and Anne Curtis as they definitely steered the film's tempo and feel - the former showing her old form and the latter proving that she has evolved to a better actress through the years. Much can be said for Richard Gutierrez though - what's up with the grunting man? In summary, this is not a bad attempt for a drama film. We just felt it needed more polish on key elements which could have catapulted this to greatness.

Rating: 2 reels

Why you should watch it:
- brings the drama on
- Claudine Barretto and Anne Curtis brought their A-game

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the unusual quirkiness of the film in key elements put us off several times

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  1. i agree, richard at times, looks as if he's always posing for a pic. people like me were laughing as he was doing his lines, he's unbelievable, could've been better if this was a Star Cinema Project and instead of Richard have Piolo play it!

  2. all figures shows abs-cbn is the best so why the fuzz? sayang lang c claudine kasi kung dati all her movies are box-office and she was the queen of abs-cbn, pano na ngayon yan? she’ll be like the then-jolina magdangal na lang bah? sayang ang talent girl..dont know if maybox-office queen ka pa kaya ever? at dito sa ‘min sa davao, in all mindanao and visayas regions, number one ang abs-cbn stars and star cinema movies kaya nagba-box-office.unlike gma simply reigns at “gma-greater manila area” only, which is in fact a fraction of the total of the population of the philippines..bow..thank you po..

  3. Thanks for the reviews, haven't watched yet will try to watch this movie as soon as possible...

  4. Thanks again for the review on this one. Your reviews always help me in deciding what to watch and what not. Please keep updating in future..

  5. agree on what Henry said..this hould have been a Piolo film..

  6. what was the title of the song played where anne and richard rides the red jeep.

  7. You are just so influential reeladvice! A friend of mine told me not to watch in your eyes because it's a waste of time and money.

    Hey, mind of exchanging links? My blog is still new,so I'm actually trying to make noise out of some blogs of the same niches.

  8. Claudine Barretto will always be the great actress and the box office queen that she is!

  9. Factual review.I like the theory.Two women share the same dream and the desire to be loved until a storm tears them apart.


  10. Yes.It's really entertaining.The film opened with a ₱11 million gross.According to Box Office Mojo, the first week gross of the film totaled in to ₱40 million.


  11. What Happened to Claudine, this movie prove her that she cant be a young Vilma Santos. this is just her worst acting ever. Anne deserves the attention more than of claudine's

    The story was trying hard to be unique

  12. Claudine is as always a great actress, she portrays her character in this movie well but sayang lang kasi he was not partnered with great actors, richard is a slum in acting here and anne should need more improvement, di pa talaga sya mkakalevel sa mga dramahan! Nice story but should have a different ending, its a similar story with DUBAI though. Kng ako I want an ending na neither of them choose Richard since his character is a man of no worth for the love of the two sisters.

  13. thanks for the review.. i love this movie.. the story is simple but striking.. the Optimum star shines ones again and proves to her detractors that she can be effective to her portrayal for her role.. shes growing as an artist thats why i love claudine shes versatile & shes the one and only Optimum star!! keep up the gud work idol clau!! love u!!

  14. i dont understand why storm has to go back with julian at the ending. its very clear in the PLOT na, he loves ciara. kahit sabihin mo pang twist yong story, it doesnt make sense kung babalikan niya si julian., it could have been better if binalikan nya si ciara, because that was the real story. parang they want to make the ending fair by giving each other a partner..