ANGEL Locsin admits she has experienced having a third party in one of her past relationships. She didn’t specify which of her past boyfriends she’s referring to, like Luis Manzano and Phil Younghusband (but surely it’s not the late Miko Sotto). “Sa akin na lang 'yun,” she stresses.
But would she fight for the man she loves even if there’s a third party between them?
“It depends on the situation at doon sa tao,” she says. “Kung kaya mo bang mabuhay kahit wala siya or ipaglalaban mo siya kahit ganun ang ugali at pagkatao niya kasi sobrang mahal mo siya at kaya mo siyang tanggapin. Sa movie kasi naming ‘The Third Party’, mas kumplikado ang sitwasyon dahil ako ang unang karelasyon ni Sam Milby but later on, when we meet again, sila na ni Zanjoe Marudo. Magka-live in sila, then dahil wala akong matirhan, makikitira ako sa kanila. Ang mangyayari, ako at si Zanjoe, we will compete for the attention of Sam.”
So who gets Sam in the end? “Siyempre, hindi ko puwede i-reveal. You have to find out for yourself by watching the movie which is an unusual love triangle.”
Sam Milby himself would rather keep the viewer guessing who is the lucky gal or gay who won his heart. “Panoorin nyo na lang,” he says. But didn’t he feel reluctant in accepting the unconventional role he played? “No. I got excited nga kasi, as an actor, you want to be adventurous and look for something different to play to challenge yourself. And although may gay angle sa movie, it’s not naman serious kundi may pagka-comedy ang dating. But if were a heavy drama with heavy man to man kissing scenes like ‘Brokeback Mountain’, I can’t imagine myself doing it. Dito sa ‘Third Party’, very light ang treatment, wala kaming kissing scenes ni Zanjoe and I had fun doing my scenes with both him and Angel.”
MOVIE REVIEW: THE DISAPPOINTMENTS ROOM
THOSE who enjoy watching horror films should check out “The Disappointments Room”, which is written by Wentworth Miller, the star of “Prison Break” who has outed himself and has now turned into a screenwriter. It stars Kate Beckinsale (best known for the “Underworld” franchise about werewolves) as Dana, an architect who’s grieving over the death of her baby daughter.
Her husband David (Mel Raido) tells her it would be best for them and their 5-year old son Lucas (Duncan Joiner) to have new surroundings for a fresh new start, so they leave the hustle and bustle of New York City to move to an old secluded house in the tranquil southern countryside that needs some renovation. But in films like this, it’s easy to conclude that something spooky is lurking somewhere in their new residence.
Not too long after they’ve moved in, Kate starts experiencing unsettling visions and scary nightmares that hanker for an explanation. She then discovers a hidden room behind a cabinet in the dark and musty attic. She tries to find the key to unlock the room’s door and thereby delves into the devious history of a family that lived there in the past century.
Kate delivers with her fairly engaging performance as a traumatized mother who gets to explore the psychology of grief and mental anguish. Her character has a hard time distinguishing whether the things she sees are real or just figments of her imagination.
As her fears and dreams that test her sanity become more and more vivid and real, we are shown terrifying images of ax murders, with Gerald McRaney as Judge Blacker, the devilish former master of the old house who used the secret room to hide his deformed daughter, Laure (Ella Jones), who whispers in Kate’s dreams: “He doesn’t want you here.”
Kate learns from the place’s local historian, Ms. Judith (Marcia de Rousse) that the secret room is called the disappointments room, where unwanted children were kept by embarrassed parents until they died. As might be expected, the souls of these forsaken kids will not rest quietly and this puts Dana and her own family in great danger, including Lucas’ pet cat and a good looking and cocky handyman, Ben (Lucas Till, who plays the new “MacGyver” in the revival of the popular TV series.)
The movie is directed by D.J. Caruso (who has done thrillers like “Eagle Eye”, “I Am Number 4” and “Disturbia”) and he does a pretty good job of making the story move at a fast pace to hook the viewer’s attention, along with the help of cinematographer Rogier Stoffers’ fine work that effectively establishes the right mood and atmosphere as it creepily explores the house’s eerie nooks and crannies. Be ready for some jolting boo moments to shake you up.