The cycle of life and death and scheming at its highest level are on full display in ON THE JOB, a gritty crime thriller that delves deep into the inner-workings of the ingenious hitmen, honest cops, ambitious federal agents, and shady government officials. The film is based on the true scandal that rocked the Philippines where prison inmates were contracted by high-level politicians to temporarily leave jail and conduct a series of assassinations before returning to incarceration.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
"On the Job" is a sturdy and sophisticated crime drama from the Philippines that takes a pretty gruesome situation and enriches its presentation with lots of human detail.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 09.27.2013
Even at its most incomprehensible, the propulsive thriller "On the Job" is never less than arresting.Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 09.26.2013
Despite the relative flatness of [the] characters - their relationships to one another are more archetypal than particular - the film is as heartbreaking as it is heart-stopping.Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times, 09.26.2013
Combining street-level crime with political corruption, On the Job owes as much to Scorsese as it does to Philippine current events.Pete Vonder Haar, Village Voice, 09.24.2013