The things that happened during the movie, “Smaller and Smaller Circles” which is inspired by a novel with the same title, is an eye-opener to all the Filipinos out there or to those people whose profession involves solving crimes. The thing that intrigued me the most is that the film is set in place in the Philippines, where crime fiction nor serial killers are rampant. The movie really depicts what is the situation in the Philippines if ever we have a serial killer.
First of all, the movie “Smaller and Smaller Circles” is a good movie which came from a great novel with the same title. I was amazed to the fact that the novel is created by a Filipino, Maria Felisa H. Batacan or most known as F.H. Batacan. Her novel, “Smaller and Smaller Circles” has been published in the Philippines and abroad, which led to winning some international awards. Hearing all these really strengthen my pride as a Filipino. It is also a shame that there are limited amount of crime fiction movies or even stories that is set in the Philippines. You can even say that “Smaller and Smaller Circles” is one of a kind. Yet I also understand why there are very little of these things. It is very difficult and complicated to make a crime fiction that sets in the Philippines because is in here most of the crime goes unreported or unsolved due to the environment or due to bureaucratic issue. These problems were addressed during the movie when the investigator exclaimed, “What! Serial Killer dito sa Pilipinas?” and when the Jesuit in charge of investigating explained to the mayor, “He targets these kids because when they go missing nobody will care” These just show that it is really hard to write a crime fiction that is set in the Philippines. I also like how F.H. Batacan used Jesuits to investigate instead of the normal regular cops. This little detail really made her novel and the movie, since they also implemented it there, to be hugely unique compare to the other crime fiction stories. It is wonderful how very little things can make a huge difference. I really liked the premise of the movie. It is just a shame that the movie flopped.
The movie started off with the discovery of series of murders in Payatas dumpsite in Quezon City. These discoveries indicates that there is a serial killer on the loose.