The sequel promises to deliver the same funny and incisive satire that its predecessor accomplished. This time around, the movie pokes fun at the many cliches of mainstream Filipino movies.
The cast is worthwhile to watch. Eugene Domingo carries the movie with a bombastic performance. The rest are also good with what they’re given and Jericho Rosales proves that he can keep up with the lead.
However, no matter how dedicated the cast is, Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2 fails to match what its predecessor has achieved.
Septic Tank 2 is supposed to be a satire of mainstream cinema but by focusing on Eugene Domingo, the cliches of mass-marketed Filipino movies turn into the pedestrian whims of an actress desperate for a comeback.
More importantly, this results in a simplistic interpretation of the problems with a commercialized industry – the Filipino masses who celebrate a culture of ignorance and the nearly monopolized film industry that’s more than happy to make easy money from it.
In fact, the movie concludes with a staged debate which simply says that formulaic mainstream movies need to exist for escapism, without considering the cultural, social, and societal roots that enabled them to take over a film festival that is supposed to showcase indie movies.
It can be said that the sequel’s main objective is to provide an entertaining satire and not a serious discourse, but the jokes here are overplayed which makes the already repetitive storytelling format tedious. In one scene Eugene Domingo has to showcase three levels of hugot and wail excessively on a spa floor, then play a whole theme song in another.
In the end, Septic Tank 2 overstays its welcome.
Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2
Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2 is a tedious and repetitive sequel with a simplistic jab on mainstream Philippine cinema.