Slingshot
Tirador
Philippines, 2007, 86 minutes, SD
Slingshot Synopsis


From acclaimed and prolific Filipino bad-boy director Brillante Mendoza (The Masseur, Kinatay, Serbis) comes Slingshot, a gripping and exhilarating portrayal of teenage thugs, slippery chancers and petty thieves, all out to get what they can and pocket a profit in the teeming slums of Asia’s notorious city of sin, Manila. Starring Nathan Lopez from The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, Slingshot is a riveting exposé of life on the other side of the tracks.


About a month after Holy Week, a major national election will take place. What future does it hold for a motley group of ‘tiradors’ - local slang for petty thieves - whose daily survival depends on their fast fingers and brute strength? The young tiradors all live in an old dilapidated tenement building in the slums of Manila where they ply their trade. Via pick-pocketing, burglary, and gang initiations they instil a sense of fear and optimism among their peers, their outlook bleak and desperate despite the promises of change by local politicians.



“Superb... makes the streets, alleys and crushing deprivations of Manila come to wrenching life.” - Chicago Tribune




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Reviewed by dominicbrant
There's a documentary approach to this film that gives it a raw and compelling energy. You are right there in the thick of things. At the same time... more
There's a documentary approach to this film that gives it a raw and compelling energy. You are right there in the thick of things. At the same time this is disquieting. Many scenes are shot in front of a knowing - and sometimes unknowing - public. There are glances, even stares to camera. We see people lean and move out of the way. There aren't quite photo-bombs but at times you feel they are not far off. With this said, I think it's a film people should watch, but don't expect the polished production values and heroic abstractions of other South East Asian crime dramas.
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Reviewed by PhilipBHufflerub
I checked out Slingshot and things got hectic. It's the best film from the Philippines that Philip's seen. Get this: I tweeted it to all my friends before I'd even... more
I checked out Slingshot and things got hectic. It's the best film from the Philippines that Philip's seen. Get this: I tweeted it to all my friends before I'd even reached the end. This gritty, touching crime film is reasonably epic! Peccadillo picked a pleasing picture pulsing with persistent personality and provocation. A pleasure worth pursuing, people!
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Reviewed by vickypierre
This is kind of a sweet and intimate film that's beautifully shot but it also makes for pretty harsh and exhilarating viewing that gives you a lot to think about.... more
This is kind of a sweet and intimate film that's beautifully shot but it also makes for pretty harsh and exhilarating viewing that gives you a lot to think about. Some viewers might prefer their action a little slicker but I kind of have a thing for bare bones crime films that keep the action verymuch at a street level so this was a pretty riveting way to kill ninety minutes.
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  • Good film. Job well done, Brillante Mendoza!

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  • Good film. Job well done, Brillante Mendoza!
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  • Depicts the harsh reality of life in the Philippines. Great movie!

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  • Depicts the harsh reality of life in the Philippines. Great movie!
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