For some reason — maybe the poster artwork — I thought Metro Manila was going to be a highly stylized, slick action pic. But it’s hardly anything of the sort; rather, it is a brutal, straightforward depiction of a family attempting to survive abject poverty in a place where it is readily commonplace.
Especially regarding the wife, Metro Manila avoided plumbing the ultimate depths it might have. But make no mistake: this is a great, suspenseful foreign indie. 8/10