How does one make a movie out of a scandal that was a daily staple on print, radio, television and social media some three years ago?
This was perhaps the predicament of scriptwriter Rody Vera and director Adolf Alix, Jr. when they made the much talked about Nora Aunor-starrer, Whistleblower, which is inspired by the events of 2013’s infamous Pork Barrel Scam.
Their solution: Appropriate the services of competent actors to breathe life into characters the public believe they are already so familiar with.
As such, Whistleblower prides itself in a powerhouse cast with no less than the country’s premier actress La Aunor leading the pack, along with Cherry Pie Picache and Angelica Panganiban in top billing; and strong supporting actors in Ricky Davao, Laurice Guillen, Liza Lorena, Art Acuna, Sharmaine Arnaiz, Ina Feleo, Vangie Labalan, Cogie Domingo, Dennis Marasigan, Bernardo Bernardo, and Carlo Aquino.
Needless to say, Aunor’s performance the accountant-turned-financial assistant who helps Picache’s character embezzle a huge chunk of government funds is seamless. Only an actress of her caliber can deliver such a realistic portrayal. You will cringe with her as she endures the mental agony of being questioned to tell all; and you will cry with her when she feels helpless as her teenaged son demands an explanation why she did the unthinkable.
In the final frame where she confesses everything to the young reporter portrayed by Panganiban, the tears welling in her eyes, falling as if on cue, and her shivering hand did all the talking.
With the rest of the cast turning in laudable support performances, Whistleblower is an effective, fast-paced film that keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Whistleblower opens today in cinemas nationwide.