Rewind (2023): Movie Review

Rewind (2023) Movie Review: One More Chance

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Just right. This is the feeling we had for "Rewind" after the credits rolled. It doesn't really shake things up with a story that's relatable but too dramatic for our taste. At its core, though, it's a film that has a deeper message beyond its pre-destined emotions. A lesson that hopefully makes viewers reflect on their life choices and what really matters in our lives - that we spend and invest time for the people who matter to us most.

Mary (Marian Rivera) has always had deep affection for John (Dingdong Dantes) ever since she met him as classmates. However, as years pass within their marriage, John's focus has shifted further away from her and their son Austin (Jordan Lim), which strains their relationship to its breaking point. Tragically, this rift culminates in an accident that claims Mary's life. Yet, amidst the depths of despair, an extraordinary opportunity presents itself to John: the chance to turn back the hands of time and alter the course of events, thereby saving the life of the woman he holds most dear.

As anticipated, "Rewind" caters to the local demographic to a tee. It's no surprise that this was a hit as it's the typical romance-drama affair that local audiences have always loved. Do not expect different twists from "Rewind" even though it has a science fiction twist - this is the quintessential Filipino film for better or worse. But the film, even with its predictability, was entertaining. For us, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera delivered outstandingly in this film. We loathed Dingdong's character for his stubbornness, and we found Marian's character infectious to the various emotions she needed to perform on-screen. Pepe Herrera also delivered a memorable performance as the character of Lods. "Rewind" has a lot to say more than its love story. It's a film about finding time for those who matter to us most. It's a rigid message that focuses on family and even religion but it's an important message regardless that can be interpreted beyond its structure. Overall, "Rewind" is predictable but will be an emotional experience for its target audience.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

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