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Allen defends ‘Amo’

/ 12:35 AM May 13, 2018

Allen Dizon in “Amo”

Internationally lauded actor Allen Dizon considers himself blessed with the chance to collaborate with Cannes-winning filmmaker Brillante Ma Mendoza in three productions, one after the other.

Apart from the controversial drug-war series “Amo,” Dizon is also part of two coming movies directed by Mendoza: He portrays a soldier in the Marawi drama “Maguindanaw” (with Judy Ann Santos as his wife) and a policeman in the crime noir “Right to Kill” (which also features Baron Geisler and Alan Paule).

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Intrigue

Dizon weighs in on the intrigue that surrounds “Amo,” which is now streaming on Netflix (and is aired on 5): “People should watch it first before judging it as propaganda. While we were shooting ‘Amo,’ I saw the various scenarios on the drug war, including the killings. But Direk Brillante never said it was OK to murder people just to rid the country of drugs.”

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Dizon, who plays a crooked cop in “Amo,” praises his director’s gritty aesthetics.

“Documentary-style in approach…He just presents the facts, without telling the audience what is right or wrong. Along the way, he also shows the corruption in the police force in a courageous way. He’s very much into social realism,” Dizon said.—BAYANI SAN DIEGO JR.

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