The Life of a Hitman is a Complicated One in Erik Matti’s On the Job

Joel Torre in On the Job (2013) Movie Image

To believe the movies, there are hitmen everywhere, just waiting for you to contact them so they can knock off that annoying neighbor whose dog won’t stop barking. Heck, there are apparently even hitmen in prison! I guess that kind of saves time, right? Check out the English-subtitled trailer for Erik Matti’s Filipino crime thriller “On the Job”. It’s got everything you want in your hitman movie — gritty gunplay, questions of loyalty, and crusading cops. The only thing missing is John Woo behind the camera.

(By the way, I’m not sure why you would subtitle the English parts of the trailer. I hope they don’t also subtitle the English parts of the movie. It’s just confusing.)

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.

Starring Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Joel Torre, Angel Aquino, and Joey Marquez.

The film opened in limited release last month on September 27th. Check your local listings to see if it’s still playing at a theater near you.

On the Job (2013) Movie Poster