It's like if Michael Mann made a film about the ideals and god complex of Post-Columbine America. It shines a mirror at the anime purists who childishly worship the power fantasy of the original series.
At the core of Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? is a study on cultural identity. Set during the Philippine Revolution, the film explores class struggle and the self-worth of youth in the midst of conflicting ideals of what constitutes a "true Filipino" in the Philippines under Spanish rule.
Solomon strips Grand Theft Auto of its (artificial) inhabitants to repurpose its scenic environments into a pre-apocalyptic landscape with its mise-en-scène reminiscent of a horror game like Silent Hill. The film explores solipsism befittingly using the medium of the video game, a medium which exists more through emulation of life rather than through capturing it through an aperture. Destruction of its environment is portrayed as brief, inconsequential occurrences that quickly come and go, a direction which is ironic to its…
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as…