I spent the entire holidays just sulking at home so one day I just wanted to at least watch a movie or something. In the Philippines, during the holidays, they stop screening all foreign movies and focus on featuring Filipino-made films. The film that was raved by people is the movie Miracle in Cell No. 7 so that’s what I watched. 😊
Miracle in Cell No. 7 is about a mentally-challenged man (Lito) who was wrongfully accused of murder. It shows the story of how Lito’s prison inmates protected him and his young daughter (Yesha) who cannot bear to be separated from each other.
The movie is definitely star-studded with each actor respected for their acting experience. So there’s nothing to critique about their performances as it’s a given that they are super good! I do feel though that the movie was made to be a tear-jerker. Like how can all the inmates have the same personality? Like they all cry like crazy for every single touching moment (and all of them are guys!). Anyhow, Bela Padilla is a revelation for me. She’s actually a great actress and I’m quite surprised she didn’t get an award for her role in Miracle in Cell No. 7.
I liked the story in Miracle in Cell No. 7. I appreciated how they made it real. Especially in our country, there are countless victims of injustice. And I’m glad they touched on that in the movie. People in power really do overstep and there are people who are setup to pay for a crime they never committed. Unfortunately, their fate is sealed especially if the people who are supposed to uphold justice are biased and unfair. It’s happening in real life and the movie reminded us of it.
Another thing I liked about the movie is that not all people in prison are bad. Just look at the inmates of Lito who did everything to help Lito reunite with Yesha. And that didn’t stop even when Yesha already grew up. Friendship is definitely forever and prison is not an unusual place to build those relationships either.
Greatest lesson for me as I finished watching the movie is that we should treasure every moment that we have with our loved ones. Sometimes life gets difficult and we might lose the chance to spend those precious times with them. It’s a kind of lesson that we need to be reminded over and over again as we tend to take for granted the people who are constantly available for us.
If you wanna give MMFF a try, you should catch this movie. It’s a good one!
My rating for Miracle in Cell No. 7: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4 out of 5 stars).