Buybust premiered at the New York Asian Festival on June 29, 2018. Variety describes the movie as a “superbly executed action film”.
It currently has a 100% rating on movie review-aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes.
Now showing in more than 170 Philippine theaters since August 1, 2018, thousands of Filipinos who have seen the film agree with the critics. Some have posted online that the audience in some cinemas cannot help but applaud at the end of the film.
Buybust was deemed not only as an action movie but as a social commentary, in light of the bloody drug war in the Philippines.
Actor and film producer Dingdong Dantes posted his take on the movie on Twitter. He wrote: “BuyBust” definitely set the bar high for Pinoy genre films. It successfully disrupts the norm and responsibly stirs the conversation to the best interest of the industry. It is definitely a leader in its own right. Kudos to its creators headed by @ErikMatti & annecurtissmith”.
Anne Curtis Smith’s breakout role
The beautiful Filipino-Australian actress, Anne Curtis, is a revelation in the film. Her breakthrough role as rookie police officer Nina Manigan is a complete departure from her typical romantic-comedy characters.
Variety described her performance as “convincing and charismatic as the determined and amazingly resourceful heroine”.
A known fitness buff, Anne took on the role in ‘Buybust’ with gusto. She undertook training in knife fighting, weapon handling and Pekiti-Tirsia Kali, in preparation for the physically challenging film.
Anne did most of her stunts in the action-packed film and was compelling as the film’s protagonist. Her peers in the industry were in awe of her gritty performance and wasted no time in posting their compliments on social media.
Iza Calzado also praised Anne, saying “Have so much respect for the work that you put into this film @annecurtissmith you are such a bad ass! Galing mo! (You’re so good!)”
Anne’s close friend, vlogger and businessman Nico Bolzico, posted a worried-looking picture of him on Instagram, with the caption: “Me after watching @annecurtissmith in #buybust” and remembering all the times I made fun of her cooking. I am so dead! Congrats Plus! Awesome movie.”
On Twitter, Actor Robi Domingo has this to say, “Action just got a lot better because of you @annecurtissmith! One of the best movies I’ve seen!”
All these positive reviews and comments should convince anyone that Buybust is a must-see film.
Aside from the Philippines, Buybust is also currently showing in selected theaters in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Singapore, Qatar, Bahrain, and Kuwait.
Buybust is also scheduled for a limited U.S. release starting August 10.
Anne Curtis is joined by martial arts artist and current ONE Championship Heavyweight Champion, Brandon Michael Vera.
Victor Neri, Nonie Buencamino, and Lao Rodriguez are cast as members of the ill-fated squad.
Arjo Atayde plays the role of a drug lord named Biggie Chen.
Completing the cast are Alex Calleja, Levi Ignacio, Ricky Pascua, Joross Gamboa, Sheenly Gener, Mara Lopez, AJ Muhlach, Tarek El Tayech, Maddie Martinez, Nafa Hilario, Ian Ignacio, and Mikey Alcaraz.