Judging from the film’s opening scene, director Jerrold Tarog had lofty ambitions for his historical biopic "Heneral Luna". In it, our titular general stands in front of the Philippine flag, preparing to give an interview about his life’s work. Whether intentional or not, the scene immediately recalls that of another general’s biopic – Franklin J. Schaffner’s "Patton". Of course, referencing a beloved Best Picture winner attracts closer scrutiny and raises expectations however. And although ""Heneral Luna is an admirable effort, it unfortunately falls short of the standards it seems to set for itself.
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