On the Job. 2013. Philippines. Directed by Erik Matti. With Piolo Pascual, Joel Torre, Gerald Anderson. In Filipino; English subtitles. 118 min.
A pair of hitmen, veteran Tatang (Joel Torre) and young apprentice Daniel (Gerald Anderson), murder a man execution-style in broad daylight in a busy market. No ordinary gangsters, they are in fact prison inmates who are regularly let out of jail to perform dirty jobs. Meanwhile, young, high-flying federal agent Francis (Piolo Pascual) is investigating criminal acts at the highest level of government. As an ever-expanding web of shady connections reveals a system entirely corrupted from top to bottom, it becomes clear that no one can be trusted and everyone must watch his own back. An instant success when it premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, this high-octane, propulsive crime thriller established Erik Matti as one of the most exciting genre directors in recent years.