• Released
  • September 27, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 2 hr 0 min
  • Action/Adventure
On the Job Synopsis
A crime thriller that was inspired by a real-life scandal in which prison inmates were temporarily released from prison to work as contract killers on behalf of corrupt politicians.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Even at its most incomprehensible, the propulsive thriller On the Job is never less than arresting.
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Los Angeles Times

By Inkoo Kang
The film is as heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
On the Job feels marinated in hardscrabble reality. Action scenes throughout are unnervingly frenetic, with the tension amplified by the...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A sturdy and sophisticated crime drama from the Philippines that takes a pretty gruesome situation and enriches its presentation with lots...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Matti and Yamamoto aren't reinventing any wheels here, and many of the dialogue scenes operate on a functionally prosaic level. On the Job...
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Matti’s primary order of business is regularly serving up tense, stylish action sequences, and he proves more adept choreographing those...
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Village Voice

By Pete Vonder Haar
Matti sets a brisk pace, utilizing the squalor and desperation of Manila's slums and prisons as well as powerful, against-type performances...
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The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
The workmanlike precision of On the Job carries through to its action scenes, none of which are shot with any flash or style, but are...
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The A.V. Club

By Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
It’s a provocative premise, and one that manages to go beyond the usual themes of the crime genre. Too bad, then, it’s forced to share...
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New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The firefights and chase scenes, no matter how much they adhere to genre, seem more real than the people trapped in the corruption.
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Loved this film!!!

By loconc
The acting was excellent. The scenes were so realistic. It is sad that this was inspired by a true story but the corruption in the Philippines is a malignant problem . Please go and watch this movie....

Must see! Go Pinoy! Go Wells go!

By Joboymd
Congratulations for the great movie! Fellow Filipinos & retail stores. Please contact me for pre-order of the On The Job DVDs and BluRay available soon. Dr. AJ Rosario email:...

On The Job - an eye opener

By Monikits
This social awareness movie opens viewers eyes to the practice of big shot military men for power. The story is great, the actors are great, and the director did a good job in bringing out the...

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By ecbjmb718
Manila, Manila, you are so beautiful despite all the ugliness .... the maze- like esquinitas, the cobwebby electric lines, murky esteros, throngs of humanity, the LRT lording over the gnarly traffic...

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By torogigorot
Cinematography superb!! I would like to watch this movie again. Great cast..Joel Torre is phenomenal....

I like it its true its happening in PI.

By otfernando

A real thriller!

By Pochit
This is a well made movie. I wonder why it did make it to the NYFF 2013. A must see!...

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By dinnyb
Great movie!...

Well done. Dont see many Filipino movies like this one.

By sonnygirl

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Rated NR