The Confession for THE ESCORT

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If you would just base your judgement of this movie upon the title or on whatever you saw on the trailer then you are wrong. This may be sensual in your thoughts but the story itself, everything it has rather, was delivered in its most creative way to make it pleasant to the eyes.

The workplace subplot of this movie revolves around escorts but the movie itself speaks that within that “dirty” industry as people would consider, you can find true love, you can find that person who can change you for the better….however, it is up to you if you will take it positively or let your pride drag you down than what you have really got out of love.

The name Yasmine in Arabic means gift from God.

This movie is a story about Yassi (Yasmine), a receptionist from an escort service agency. She takes orders but she is not on the menu. Until two men came into her life….

Derek Ramsay plays the role of XYRUZ and EX-clusive escort and manages an escort agency. He met Yassi  at a party, asked her to be one of the escorts in their company but ended up falling in love with her. I see Xyruz as Derek and vice versa, not because of the role as the title, but because of how they treat the lady.

Yassi, I tried. I tried to resist you. Ipinangako ko sa sarili ko that I’d never fall in love again. But why does it is so hard to stop myself from falling in love with you?

Derek showed himself in the movie not just as the character he is but also as an actor. Aside from the improvement that I have seen in him as a dramatic actor, I am so pleased to see that other actor side of Derek in every scene of him in the movie. I find him the type of leading man who does not just do scenes with his leading lady but also takes good care of her. During their love scene at Pandacan Cebu resort, I know the director Enzo Williams and the cinematographer helped with it, but Derek makes the biggest thing of protecting Lovi Poe in that scene just to make their sexy love scene not as daring-looking as what others would expect. Pressing his chest right into Lovi’s just proves how gentleman he is as a leading man. With it, the scene looks passionate than daring.

Yassi, when you came into my life, it was like I see the sun behind the clouds. The sun is you. You’re God’s gift to me. I love you.

Lovi Poe plays Yassi. Unlike your thoughts that she is the title, Yassi is just an innocent and charming lady receptionist of the agency. In fact, very decent and careful of her identity as a woman. When I have seen Lovi on Sana Dati, I see her as a charming actress rather than as described by her figure. That is also what I have seen in the movie. Like Derek, she also played her character very well, like no other actress can fit into it. I love the chemistry she had with both Derek Ramsay and Christopher de Leon.

Hindi na ako buo, hindi na ako malinis. Hindi na ako ang dapat piliin mo. Pero kahit anong gawin ko, hindi mawala yung pagmamahal ko sayo.

With Derek, I see Lovi as an actress who enjoys the company she has with Derek, who is obviously a gentleman to her. Whenever they are on the frame, more than the chemistry, I see teamwork to make their scene beautiful. Lovely pair! My favorite scene was when Xyruz took Yassi for a vacation in Cebu just to take a chance of getting to know each other and falling in love.

With Christopher de Leon, I see Lovi enjoying her every scene both as an actress and a fan. I can see that she is enjoying every single moment with the considered Drama King of the industry (based also on her instagram posts. so cute!). Actually, when they first worked in Beautiful Strangers, I saw some sparks between them and hoped that they would be together in one project again with a love line and this happened.

Lahat ba talaga ng bagay kailangang ipaliwanag? Ang pagmamahal ay biglang dumarating yan na hindi inaasahan. Mahal kita, Yassi.

If I saw teamwork with Derek, I saw her  sparks with sir Boyet, given the age difference, that the team up was my cup of tea and the veteran actor is really superb in his role. My favorite scene of them was all, because Gary was like a puppy with Yassi, but the most memorable is the Option 2 scene (The Girl in Red finally happened! Hehehehe). It was so simple yet you can feel the energy and emotions surrounding them, without minding what the scene is all about. A stunning Lovi Poe in a room with still a dashing Mr. Christopher de Leon staring at her with caress and kiss was just enough to sweep off my feet. With the help of the camera, all those close ups and creative shots, I loved that moment. It was painful, intense, romantic and bold.

You know, you’re really a special woman. You take care of everything around you. It’s because you have a big heart. You are a gift from God.

Christopher de Leon plays a rich widow business man, Gary, who is captivated by Yassi’s sweet charm and outlook in life. In fact, he fell in love with her and she changed him for the better without him knowing it. It was actually his pride which triggered him to place options on Yassi as exchange of saving Xyruz’s life.

Do you really love him? I will give you choice.  Number one, magiging akin ka. Pakakasalan mo ako. Number two, you will make love with me. And my third and final option, once he is okay, I want to see you two make love right in front of me. Wag kayong mag-alala. Hindi ninyo ako makikita, pero kayo, mapapanood ko.
Pick now, the clock is ticking.

He was rejected and in pain and he thought that the second option was enough to save it, when he still hoped that the girl would pick the first option.

There is no question as how great Christopher de Leon played his role, because in this industry, he is tagged as the Drama King, and with no questions also, even from before, he made great chemistry with his leading ladies from different ages and did excellently in all his roles.

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My favorite Option 2 scene. Sacrifice versus Pride: indeed, love cannot be bought by no amount of money.

Ang sakit. I didn’t get the girl. After that night, the way she looked at me, rather, the way she didn’t look at me, I told myself that this woman is not worth pursuing for. Bakit ko hahabulin ang isang bagay na alam kong matatalo rin ako?……but then I got what I wanted. Ako pa rin ang lamang or in my own terms, ako pa rin ang panalo.

I feel sincere kilig when he was chasing after Yassi and falling for her charms bit by bit and pitied him over series of rejections but hated him for his pride yet understood that it was because he is testing Yassi who picked Xyruz over him. Saying that he won was a mask. Option 1 was what he really wanted.

I was so satisfied with the whole movie. It is indeed a no ordinary love story revolving love, pride, options and money. To the question if love can be bought, the movie answered it clearly. It cannot be bought – looking into that decision Yassi made to save Xyrus. As for Gary, his pride just ate him.

Option two. Ako lang. One night. Hindi na mauulit. Katawan lang, walang puso.

I enjoyed watching the interactions of the three main characters and the dialogues they spoke. I laughed, I felt kilig, my heart got broken and I went out the cinema with the totally human-wrecked feeling. That feeling I experienced when I saw this Korean Drama which I considered “destroyed my morality”, but The Escort did not, just pure unexplained feels.

I commend the screenwriter for such a good script. It was hard to put a different emotion from what people expect but they did it. The theme for some was too mature but MTRCB gave it Rated-13, no cuts, because the way it was showed was so decent and creative. It did answered the question on what they wanted to tell their audience. Aside from the brilliant acting of the lead cast and some supporting characters like Dimples Romana, Jean Garcia and Romell Padilla, I salute the efforts of the people behind this movie, such as the cinematographer and the director Enzo Williams, for doing an intelligent moves in every scene just to make sure it  will look decent in the eyes of their audience. Well, they never failed, because for me, as a fan of movies, is proud that now, they have this tactics of not being too demonstrative and showy, rather be creative and poetic in narrating what this movie wants to say from dialogues to camera shots.

Aside from the brilliant take of my favorite Option 2 scene  and the love scene of Xyruz and Yassi,  I would like to commend them for using great shots of close ups to capture emotions deeply and in showing the picturesque of Pandacan Resort in Cebu. It was so beautiful that now it is like one of the places I wanna visit. See? More than just the movie, they also showed the audience a great view of our country. As for the theme song, No Ordinary Love and Lovi Poe’s interpretation, that was another plus point to my feels. It suits the movie so much, because even the story itself is no ordinary.

I would not say that this movie is perfect, rather, I would say that this movie gave me the feels and expectations beyond than what I had from the trailer (….ehh rather from the announcement of the cast), because they offered me more than what I expected. Still, The Escort is one of my most favorite movies of all time, because despite it’s mature theme, the scenes, dialogues, actors and the cinematography are so good to be true showing its beautiful picture.

As a movie fan, I hope to see more films like these in the future. The type which does not just focus on simple things but goes beyond it decently, not just by story but also by casting. How surprising that aside from what Derek and Lovi has offered, the May-December affair like of sir Christopher and Lovi is now being shown in our local scene, which I thought would just exist in my Korean Series.

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