The Executioner

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"Journey into darkness."
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.6  (1,924)
  • 57

The Executioner is a Filipino independent film that was released in 2009. It is a psychological thriller that revolves around the story of a man named Ely (played by Coco Martin) who works as an executioner, someone who administers lethal injections to death row inmates. Ely takes pride in his job, believing that he is doing a service to society by punishing those who deserve it. His boss (played by Julio Diaz) assigns him to train rookie executioner Amanda (played by Maria Isabel Lopez) and they both embark on a journey that will test their beliefs and teach them to question the morality of their work.

The movie begins with Ely performing his duties with a sense of detachment, seemingly unfazed by the gravity of his job. He serves as an efficient executioner, almost robotic in his approach. However, as the story progresses, viewers get a glimpse of Ely’s personal life and begin to understand that there may be more to him than what meets the eye. He suffers from insomnia and nightmares, and it soon becomes clear that the side-effects of his job are starting to take a toll on him.

When Amanda joins the execution team, Ely sets out to train her with great enthusiasm. He takes her under his wing, teaching her the technicalities of the job and the protocols to be followed. Amanda, on the other hand, is eager to learn and impressed with Ely’s reputation as a skilled executioner. However, as they work together, Amanda begins to question the morality of their job and the use of the death penalty as a form of punishment. She begins to empathize with the inmates and wonders if they deserve to die the way they do.

As the movie progresses, Ely and Amanda’s relationship becomes complicated as they have opposite viewpoints about their work. Ely becomes increasingly alarmed by Amanda’s apparent emotional involvement with the inmates, which he perceives as a weakness. Amanda, however, is torn between her duty as an executioner and her growing empathy for the inmates. Their contrasting viewpoints lead to a clash, and the movie reaches a gripping climax that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

The Executioner is a gripping movie that examines the death penalty through the eyes of an executioner. It challenges the moral justifications for the death penalty and ultimately leaves viewers to question the ethics of this form of punishment. The film does an excellent job of building suspense and creating a sense of intrigue surrounding the main characters. It also explores the emotional and psychological effects of being involved in capital punishment and how it can affect not only the executioner but also the people around them.

Overall, The Executioner is a thought-provoking and tense film that will engage viewers from start to finish. The performances of Coco Martin, Maria Isabel Lopez, and Julio Diaz are outstanding, and the movie’s underlying message is one that will stay with viewers long after the film is over. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in exploring the human cost of the death penalty and its ethical implications.

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    6.6  (1,924)
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