Catfishing

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Premiering via streaming on Vivamax on Friday, October 15 is another welcome treat from ace director, Darryl Yap, who has been tirelessly writing and directing films as if there is no tomorrow. But, his social media followers are not complaining as they patronize his unconventional, sometimes crass, themes portrayed very ably by Viva’s roster of fresh talents.

The latest film, “Sarap Mong Patayin,” is about “catfishing,” a terms which means that someone is pretending to be somebody else online. By stealing photos and even personal information of others, they set up a fake profile that would attract people who are looking for love or a hookup.   It could be a modus operandi to get money out of people once they have earned their trust.  And, when there’s drugs involved, things will get really messed up.

It is a fact that deception is rampant in social media, and so many people who fall victim to it suffer terrible consequences. A gay guy connives with a woman to lure men, but when they picked the wrong guy, things turn deadly.

Kit Thompson (“#Y,” “Momol Nights”) plays Yael, a 25-year-old guy who works out in a CrossFit gym.  His picture is seen on Course, an online dating app where participants can engage in sexual activities.  All they have to do is click on “Inter,” if they are ready to meet in person and be physically intimate, or click “Intra,” if it’s all just a digital sexual act.  Yael sends a message to his longtime chatmate, and chooses “Inter.”

Ariella Arida (“The Killer Bride,” “Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad”) plays Krista, the woman Yael believes to be chatting with and the one he’s fantasizing over.  Krista is aware of Yael’s existence, but she is not the only one handling her account.  

Beks Battalion’s Lassy Marquez (“The Mall The Merrier,” “Beauty and the Bestie”) plays Noel, Krista’s friend and partner in catfishing.  Noel is excited about meeting Yael.  Together with Krista, he plans their succeeding actions.  Noel is in need of funds and if they play their cards right, he and Krista will get what they want.

The film is a sexy pyschomedy which is expected to give viewers various emotions. Each character and turn of events will leave viewers scared and thinking about catfishing, but the presence of Lassy, who is a member of the hilarious trio Beks Battalion, is sure to bring laughter.   This is a big break for the comedian who has played supporting roles to stars like Vice Ganda.  

Lassy said that he could not believe that he is now one of the lead stars in a movie.  He said, “Pressured talaga ako kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa gumabay sa akin, ang napakahusay na si Direk Darryl, na hindi kami pinapabayaan sa bawat gagawin namin, at sa mga kasama ko – sina Kit Thompson, Ariella Arida, Bob Jbeili, Tart Carlos, at Marion Aunor.”

Ariella Arida, who gave honor to the country when she placed third runner-up in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, is a sight to behold in this movie, and Kit Thompson proves that he has conquered another challenging role.   Playing a significant role in the life of Yael is Tart Carlos.

Vivamax, now the No. 1 entertainment app on Google Play, outperforming even international streaming brands, is available at web.vivamax.net. You can also download the app and subscribe via Google Play Store and App Store.

You can watch all you can on Vivamax for only P149/month and P399 for 3 months for bigger savings.  A 3-day access to Vivamax at a very low price of P29 is also available. 

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“Sarap Mong Patayin” is also streaming on Vivamax Middle East. – NWI

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