By Robert J. Matthews
GOMBURZA stands for three priests executed by Spain in 1872 – Fr. Mariano Gomez, Jose Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora.
The film delves into the priests' fight and how their deaths inspired Jose Rizal, avoiding elaborate plots and sticking to historical events.
The priests' arrests seemed random, paralleling the confusion in the movie and making it relatable to the audience.
More insight into Fr. Burgos’s life before becoming a priest was desired. The film notes his achievements at a young age.
Fr. Zamora’s character avoids romanticization, portrayed unexpectedly by Enchong Dee, showing an unheroic side leading to his execution.
Piolo Pascual plays a vital role in the fight of secular priests, revealing an unexpected and unheroic end for added depth.
Meticulous attention and a generous budget ensure realistic production design and costumes, capturing the historical essence.
Spanish descent actors play Spaniard friars and politicians, contributing to the film's authenticity.