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#WalangPasok: Palace declares special non-working holiday on April 4, 5, 25, 26 2017 in selected areas

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang Palace has declared April 4, 5, 25, 26 2017 as special non-working holiday in selected areas for the celebration of important events.

Palace declares special non-working holiday on April 4, 5, 25, 26 2017 in selected areas

Palace officials Menardo I. Guevarra and Salvador C. Medialdea through the authority of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed proclamations No. 170, 177, 179, 183 and 184 declaring special non-working day in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental, Antipolo City, Pangasinan province, Isabela City, Basilan and San Jose, Batangas.

Here's the updated list of proclamations for April 2017:

Proclamation No. 170: Celebration of the "Himaya-an Festival" of the City of Himamaylan, Negros Occidental on April 25 (Tuesday).

Proclamation No. 177: Celebration of Antipolo's 19th cityhood anniversary on April 4 (Tuesday).

Proclamation No. 179: Celebration of the 437th Foundation Day of the Province of Pangasinan on April 5 (Wednesday).

Proclamation No. 183: Celebration of the Charter Anniversary of Isabela City, Basilan on April 25 (Tuesday).

Proclamation No. 184: Celebration of 252nd Foundation Anniversary in San Jose, Batangas on April 26 (Wednesday).

Special Holiday Area Celebration
April 4 (Tuesday) Antipolo City, Rizal 19th cityhood anniversary
April 5 (Wednesday) Pangasinan Province 437th Foundation Day
April 25 (Tuesday) Himamaylan, Negros Occidental Himaya-an Festival
April 25 (Tuesday) Isabela City, Basilan Charter Anniversary
April 26 (Wednesday) San Jose, Batangas 252nd Foundation Anniversary

Malacañang Palace said that it is proper that the people on the said areas be given full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.

Meanwhile, Holy Week 2017 regular holidays, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday fall on April 13 and 14, respectively.

The next regular holiday will be on Monday, May 1, for Labor Day celebration.

RELATED STORY: Holidays, Observances in the Philippines for 2017

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2016 Bar exam results out before Holy Week - source

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) is expected to release results of the November 2016 bar exam before the Holy Week, radio station DWIZ reported on Saturday.

2016 Bar exam results out before Holy Week - source

The SC through Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. told this development to en banc, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Holy Week 2017 starts on April 9, Palm Sunday.

In a report, Velasco added the estimated passing rate of up to 40% or more than 2,000 bar examinees may passed.

If there will be no changes on this announcement, the 2016 passing rate will be the highest for the past 10-15 years.

In recent years, the annual national bar passing rate ranges from 20% to 30% only.

This will be same case with the 2012 bar exam, with results released few days before the Holy Week.

For the 2016 bar exam, takers may expect results from April 3 to 7 (Monday to Friday).

A total of 6,344 law graduates completed the the tests on the four Sundays of November 2016 at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Espana, Manila.

List of Passers: November 2016 Philippine Bar Exam results

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Samsung reveals Siri rival 'Bixby' ahead of Galaxy S8 launch

MANILA, Philippines - Samsung Electronics has confirmed the introduction of Bixby, its own voice assistant and the rival of Apple's Siri, which is set to debut on Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung reveals Siri rival 'Bixby' ahead of Galaxy S8 launch
Samsung's upcoming premium device, the Galaxy S8 features voice assistant 'Bixby'. Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images
"The interface must be natural and intuitive enough to flatten the learning curve regardless of the number of functions being added. Samsung has employed artificial intelligence (AI), reinforcing deep learning concepts to the core of our user interface designs. Bixby is the ongoing result of this effort," InJong Rhee, Executive Vice President, Head of Samsung R&D, Software and Services said.

The new AI assistant, the star of the newest Samsung flagship smartphone, is touted as different from other voice agents or assistants in the market. Bixby promises to offer a deeper experience with these three properties:

1. Completeness

Bixby: When an application becomes Bixby-enabled, Bixby will be able to support almost every task that the application is capable of performing using the conventional interface (ie. touch commands).

Other AIs: Most existing agents currently support only a few selected tasks for an application and therefore confuse users about what works or what doesn’t work by voice command.

2. Context Awareness

Bixby: When using a Bixby-enabled application, users will be able to call upon Bixby at any time and it will understand the current context and state of the application and will allow users to carry out the current work-in-progress continuously. Bixby will allow users to weave various modes of interactions including touch or voice at any context of the application, whichever they feel is most comfortable and intuitive.

Other AIs: Most existing agents completely dictate the interaction modality and, when switching among the modes, may either start the entire task over again, losing all the work in progress, or simply not understand the user’s intention.

3. Cognitive Tolerance

Bixby: When the number of supported voice commands gets larger, most users are cognitively challenged to remember the exact form of the voice commands. Bixby will be smart enough to understand commands with incomplete information and execute the commanded task to the best of its knowledge, and then will prompt users to provide more information and take the execution of the task in piecemeal.

Other AIs: Most agents require users to state the exact commands in a set of fixed forms.

Samsung said there will be a dedicated Bixby button located on the side of Samsung Galaxy S8.

At the launch of the Galaxy S8, a subset of pre-installed applications will be Bixby-enabled.

The Korean giant added that newly unveiled artificial intelligence will be applied next to appliances like airconditioner or TV.

"Since Bixby will be implemented in the cloud, as long as a device has an internet connection and simple circuitry to receive voice inputs, it will be able to connect with Bixby," InJong Rhee added.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will be unveiled at the 'Unpacked 2017' event in New York on March 29 and in the Philippines on March 30.

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5 Interesting Facts About Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

To the 90's kids out there, we know what this tagline leads to: "It's morphin' time!"

Yes, it's our favorite superhero group - the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers! Since the movie came up last week, we're here to shortly give you top five facts about them. Have a look.


Some of us thought that it was an original American creation, but in fact, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was based on Super Sentai, a popular Japanese show created by Toei Studios in 1975.


weird face in a tube, Zordon, played by David Fielding

That weird face in a tube, Zordon, played by David Fielding, was only shot once. With no other role but a face talking inside a tube, that can justify filming him only once. Afterwards, all of his exposure was in a recording studio.


Power Rangers Mighty Morphin
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With so many series from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993 to Power Rangers Ninja Steel this 2017, we have a twenty themes in total. Well, of course, everyone would agree that the famous one is the first.


Rita Repulsa Power Rangers
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Rita Repulsa, the main villain in the first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, was created from footage of the Witch Bandora from the original Japanese series Zyuranger. By then, she was portrayed by Machiko Soga, a Japanese, and dubbed in English by Barbara Goodson.


Green Ranger
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There are five original Rangers only, but when Tommy, the Green Ranger, was inserted, the character that was initially only supposed to appear for a few episodes stayed in the show for a long period due to insistent fan demand. Eventually, he became the White Ranger.

To the 90’s kids out there, have a nostalgic moment in the cinemas with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

READ: ‘Power Rangers’ Movie Review

--Rein, The Summit Express

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List of Passers: LET Results March 2017 teachers board exam

MANILA, Philippines - The 'March 2017 LET results' are out expected between May 10 to 24 (30-40 working days). Those awaiting the teachers board exam result can find here the the full list of passers, top 10 (topnotchers), top performing schools and performance of schools once released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Board for Professional Teachers (BPT).

List of Passers: LET Results March 2017 teachers board exam

PRC conducted the first licensure exam for teachers (LET) to around 100,000 examinees in at least 18 testing centers nationwide: Bacolod, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Catarman (Northern Samar), Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, Manila, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Rosales (Pangasinan), San Jose (Occidental Mindoro), Tacloban, Tuguegarao, Pagadian and Zamboanga.

The BPT who gave the board exam is composed of Dr. Rosita L. Navarro, Chairman; Dr. Paz I. Lucido, Dr. Paraluman R. Giron and Dr. Nora M. Uy, Members.

Here's the complete list of results for March 2017 LET (check back for the activation of links):

  • March 2017 LET Results: Alphabetical List of Passers Elementary Level
  • March 2017 LET Results: Alphabetical List of Passers Secondary Level
  • Top 10 March 2017 LET Elementary Topnotchers
  • Top 10 March 2017 LET Secondary Topnotchers
  • March 2017 LET Top Performing, Performance of Schools
  • March 2017 LET passers registration, verification of ratings and oathtaking schedule, venue

Roll of Successful Examinees in the
Held on MARCH 26, 2017
Released on MAY 2017

Updating for the list of passers...

Recommended: While waiting for the results of LET, join the discussions with other takers on Facebook, here.

Coverage of Exam and Passing Percentage

The March 2017 LET covers two parts for Elementary - General Education (40%) and Professional Education (60%) and three parts for Secondary - General Education (20%), Professional Education (40%) and Specialization (40%).

The test covered the major areas of General Education (English, Filipino, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences), Professional Education (teaching profession, social dimensions of education, principles of teaching, education technology, curriculum development, facilitating learning, child and adolescent development, assessment of student learning, developmental reading, field study and practice teaching).

The 10 specializations for Secondary Teacher with exam coverage depends on the chosen course: English, Filipino, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Social Studies or Social Sciences, Values Education, MAPEH, Agriculture and Fishery Arts and Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE).

In order to pass March 2017 LET, an examinee must obtain an average rating of not less than 75% and must have no rating lower than 50% in any of the tests, PRC said.

PRC said that passing the LET and having valid professional license are necessary before the practice of teaching profession in the Philippines. Otherwise, those who will violate may face fine and imprisonment based on penal provisions.

Probable release date of LET Results

PRC Board News, our partner website for PRC exam results said that the probable release date of March 2017 LET exam is between May 10 and 24 (30-40 working days or in 7-9 weeks).

Meanwhile, PRC Resolution No. 2016-1019 set the target release date of March 2017 LET result on Friday, May 19, 2017 or in 37 working days after the exam.

The calculated total workdays for PRC's target date excludes 7 Saturdays/Sundays and 3 holidays namely Maundy Thursday (April 13), Good Friday (April 14) and Labor Day (May 1). A total of 54 calendar days or nearly two months was calculated.

In the past 4 years for the same period, 35 days is the average number of days before the release of results for the average of 88,000 examinees and 31.14% passing rate.

In March 2015 LET, PRC released results in 41 working days. A total of 30,938 elementary and secondary takers passed the exam (32.28% passing rate).

Meanwhile, the March 2015 results were announced online in 38 working days. A total of 30,007 out of 100,740 passed the examination (29.79%).

On the other hand, January 2014 and March 2013 examination results were out in 32 and 27 working days, respectively.

Here's the LET results summary for the past 4 years

Exam Date Total Examinees Total Passers Passing Rate Days before results release
March 26, 2017 TBA TBA TBA TBA
September 25, 2016 170,220 54,712 32.14% 48
March 20, 2016 95,829 30,938 32.28% 41
September 27, 2015 149,905 55,471 37.00% 48
March 29, 2015 100,740 30,007 29.79% 38
August 17, 2014 148,589 52,068 35.04% 51
January 26, 2014 80,735 23,153 28.68% 32
September 29, 2013 126,952 45,139 35.56% 40
March 10, 2013 75,550 25,533 33.80% 27

Note that the total number of days before the 'judgement day' depends on some factors such as the total number of examinees, effect of any work cancellations due to unforeseen events and system of checking the pencil-based tests.

Updates before the release of March 2017 LET result

Same with the previous examinations, The Summit Express will update this page for the updates on LET. Followers of this page may get the exact release date in few days or hours before the release of results.

Updating...check back for more details.

LET Top Performing Schools

In the same period last year (March 2016), none of the schools qualified for the top performing school list for Elementary level as per Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010. Meanwhile, University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman topped the Seconday level exam with 93.44% or 57 out of 61 examinees passed.

In March 2015, De La Salle University (DLSU)-Manila and University of the Philippines (UP) - Diliman were hailed as the top performing schools for elementary for obtaining 100% passing rate. UP-Diliman also topped secondary level exam, 95.24% passing rate.

LET Topnotchers

PRC recognized Rowena Miano Hingpit of University of Mindanao (UM) - Davao City as the topnotcher for the elementary level LET, 90.60%, during the March 2016 board exam. Michael Prince Notorio del Rosario from Lorma College is the current record holder for Secondary level, 92.00%.

Meanwhile, Vincent Atienza Isidro of University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman got the highest place, 90.40%, for elementary level in the March 2015 LET. Herminigilda Cabrera Notario of North Valley College Foudation Inc. topped the Secondary level board exam, 91.40%.

Registration of Passers

Schedule of registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will be announced once results are released online.

The requirements are the following: 1) Notice of Admission; 2) duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal; 3) two pieces passport size pictures (colored with white background and complete nametag); 4) two sets of documentary stamps.

PRC advised that successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The date and venue for the oathtaking ceremony of the new successful examinees in the said examination WILL BE ANNOUNCED LATER, PRC said.

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VIRAL VIDEO: ‘Kwek kwek’ and ‘tokneneng’ vendor recycles his goods

MANILA, Philippines - Dubbed as one of the “Street Food Capitals of the World,” Philippines boasts its array of sumptuous and colorful snacks which are being displayed and peddled on every sidewalk of the country. Do we all have an idea on how our favorite “tusok-tusok” is being made? A viral video of “kwek kwek” and “tokneneng” vendor shows the street food enthusiasts how to do it the not so right way.

VIRAL VIDEO: ‘Kwek kwek’ and ‘tokneneng’ vendor recycles his goods

Along with the infamous isaw and fishballs, kwek kwek and tokneneng are just some of the most sought after pinoy treats available everywhere. Who wouldn’t notice those cute orange-batter-coated and deep fried boiled eggs dipped in tangy and spicy sauce. You’re salivating now, aren’t you?

Would you still crave if your ultimate merienda isn’t cooked the way it should be? An unnamed netizen took a video and uploaded it on Facebook showing a Baclaran-based peddler recycling his unsold tokneneng. Watch the video and see it for yourself.

Are you freaking out right now? You should be. Clearly, it’s not the proper way of preparing and cooking any food. It’s just so unsanitized. Obviously, the seller doesn’t want to divulge his “secret recipe” to his patrons that’s why he keeps on peeking from the back of his cart as he removes the saggy and maybe days-old coating of his eggs and wash them for another batch of “delightful snacks.” Unknowingly, he was secretly taped and his gross video all of a sudden leaked.

Notice also his preparation area. How many dirty shoes and sandals pass through that avenue daily? Thousands perhaps. How many bacteria there are in that specific place? Millions or even billions maybe! Diarrhea is just one of the many foodborne illnesses that we can acquire if we consume unsanitized food.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who had goosebumps after watching these sickening videos. Fellow netizens also react and showed their disappointments:

comments viral Kwek kwek recycled Baclaran
Screenshot from 'Matalinong Matsing' Facebook page.
This stomach-churning video clearly violates Republic Act No. 10611 or Food Safety Regulatory System in the country where all food sellers must consider and protect the health of their customers. This law doesn’t exempt market or even sidewalk vendors. Anyone can file a complaint at the local LGU where local officials along with the DOH can investigate on the said matter. If proven guilty of violating the food safety act, a possible revocation of business license will be imposed. Should the vendor will not be able to present any business permits, he or she will be facing a bigger legal consequence.

--Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express

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IN PHOTOS: OPPO Philippines launches F3 Plus, dual selfie camera phone

MANILA, Philippines - Mobile technology brand leader OPPO officially launched its newest flagship dual selfie camera phone, the F3 Plus—the first-ever smartphone with a wide-angle dual front camera to easily accommodate ‘groufies’ in a single shot.

Hottest Pinoy celebrities joined the night of fun and fashion in the grand unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus
Hottest Pinoy celebrities joined the night of fun and fashion in the grand unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque.
The country's second and worldwide no. 4 bestselling smartphone in 2016 pioneered the 'Selfie Revolution' concept with their F1 series dubbed as the "Selfie Expert."

Groufie: OPPO Philippines' big bosses with event host Joey Mead King
Groufie: OPPO Philippines' big bosses with event host Joey Mead King
“We are very excited to see the F3 Plus start a new trend in groufies and reinforce our position as the Selfie Expert,” OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng said.

OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng
OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng.
“The F3 Plus was developed for both selfie lovers and photography buffs who want a smartphone that lets them take stunning shots wherever they are, no matter the time of day. Our newest camera phone packs state-of-the-art hardware and software in a sleek body to deliver outstanding performance and style, perfect for the urban lifestyle,” Cheng added.

Celebs enjoy their selfie and ‘groufie’ shots

Leading Kapuso star Alden Richards headlined the big reveal of OPPO's latest camera phone. Meanwhile, other artists including Robi Domingo, Gretchen Ho, Ronnie Alonte, Apple David, Glaiza de Castro and Kris Bernal also graced the grand launch of F3 Plus.

'Pambansang Bae' Alden Richards leads the unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus.
'Pambansang Bae' Alden Richards leads the unveiling of OPPO F3 Plus.
F3 Plus launch event host Joey Mead King with OPPO brand ambassador Alden Richards.
F3 Plus launch event host Joey Mead King with OPPO brand ambassador Alden Richards.
Alden Richards and Robi Domingo (left) for OPPO F3 Plus.
Alden Richards and Robi Domingo (left) for OPPO F3 Plus.
Kapamilya stars Ronnie Alonte and Robi Domingo with Alden Richards.
Kapamilya stars Ronnie Alonte and Robi Domingo with Alden Richards.
TV personality Apple David.
TV personality Apple David.
Kapuso stars Glaiza de Castro and Kris Bernal.
Kapuso stars Glaiza de Castro and Kris Bernal.
Volleyball player-turned TV-host Gretchen Ho
Volleyball player-turned TV-host Gretchen Ho.

Loveteams of Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid (GabRu) and Rocco Nacino and Sanya Lopez (RocSan) and Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binee (DerBea) glammed up the event.

Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid.
Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid.
Rocco Nacino and Sanya Lopez.
Rocco Nacino and Sanya Lopez.
Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binene
Derrick Monasterio and Bea Binene.
OPPO F3 Plus features

OPPO F3 Plus
OPPO F3 Plus big launch event.
The new smartphone sports a similar 16-megapixel (MP) selfie camera with a 1/3-inch sensor for clear image results even in low light, as well as an f/2.0 aperture for depth-of-field aesthetic.

The difference lies in the additional secondary camera. This 8MP groufie-camera has a wide 120-degree angle—105 percent larger than the regular 80-degree lens field of view— which allows more people to fit inside the frame. The wide-angle shot is also complemented by a 6P lens to minimize distortion.

OPPO F3 Plus sports two front-facing cameras that work independently.
OPPO F3 Plus sports two front-facing cameras that work independently.
The built-in Smart Facial Recognition, for instance, notifies users to switch to “Groufie” mode when more than three people are detected. This makes the switch from selfie to groufie effortless while keeping image quality stable.

It also comes with the well praised editing software, Beautify 4.0, which offers a range of beautification modes for a flawless look in every selfies and groufies.

The 16MP rear-facing camera, co-developed by Sony, powered by a customized 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor for fast focusing speed, outstanding noise reduction, and advanced low-light performance—ideal for serious photography.

The hardware of the F3 Plus is designed to support its powerful front and rear cameras. The phone’s octa-core processor is backed by a 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM to ensure speed, while OPPO’s ColorOS 3.0 optimizes performance to lower energy consumption.

OPPO F3 Plus

A built-in 4000mAh battery provides more than 284 hours of standby time for whole-day use. OPPO’s proprietary and industry-leading rapid VOOC Charging Solution also cuts charging duration by four times compared with standard units

Lightning-Fast Touch Access also unlocks the phone in just 0.2 seconds—the fastest in the market.

The six-inch display screen is made of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to resist damage. Pre-applied protective coating further makes the screen scratch-proof.

The OPPO F3 Plus Full Specifications:

Height: 163.63 mm
Width: 80.8 mm
Thickness: 7.35 mm
Weight: 185g (With Battery)

Basic Parameters
Color: Gold or Black (NEW!)
Operating System: ColorOS3.0, Android 6.0
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro (Octa-core 1.95GHz)
GPU: Adreno 510 GPU
Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)
Battery: 4000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)
Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Size: 6 inches
Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)
Colors: 16 million colors
Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Rear Camera: 16-megapixel, Dual PDAF
Rear Sensor: SONY IMX 398
RearAperture: f/1.7
Front Camera: 16-megapixel
Front Camera (Wide Angle): 8-megapixel, 120°wide angle
Flash: Flash
Video Mode: 1080p/720p

SIM Card Type: Dual nano-SIM, 4G
Audio Effect: Dirac
GPS: Supported
Bluetooth: 4.1
Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz, 5GHz
OTG: Supported
Sensors: Distance Sensor, Light Sensor, G-sensor, E-compass, Gyro Sensor

Pricing and Availability in the Philippines

The F3 Plus in Gold is coming to the Philippines this April 1 with the suggested retail price of P23,990.

OPPO F3 Plus official pricing in the Philippines revealed.
OPPO F3 Plus official pricing in the Philippines revealed.
Pre-orders, along with a free Bluetooth headset and a selfie stick, will be available in all OPPO concept stores and selected dealer stores nationwide as well as at the brand’s official online shop in Lazada until March 31.

Shoppers can get OPPO’s latest Selfie Expert via Home Credit through a nine-month installment plan at zero percent interest. They can also watch out for Globe’s exclusive offer for OPPO F3 Plus, with date and other details to be announced soon.

OPPO x Globe partnership OPPO F3 Plus
OPPO F3 Plus will be available on Globe Telecom for FREE at Plan P1,999

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‘Power Rangers’ Movie Review: Justice to the 90-minute err time

Directed by Dean Israelite, Power Rangers, is an American science fiction film rated PG-13 that aims to refresh the 1993 incarnation for modern audiences. But seriously, to what in the world are we expecting it to be? Knowing over $100 million was spent to rebuild a series that was best known for its low costs and massive merchandising profits, but a bigger budget doesn’t justify the expectation to make a property a lot better than the original.

‘Power Rangers’ Movie Review: Justice
Photo from Power Rangers Facebook page
The story emerged in an inscrutable prologue in which a prehistoric group of Power Rangers are defeated in a battle, and Zordon (Bryan Cranston) buried some crystals before he turned to ashes together with Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks).

5 Interesting Facts About Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Fast-forward to the present, in a small fishing town of Angel Grove the film follows the same basic concept, narrating the story of five seemingly different high schoolers stumble upon an ancient spaceship buried underneath a mining site. Exposed in it are five specially colored crystal-like discs, surprisingly find themselves imbued with super strength and speed afterwards. The given gifts most kids could only ever dream of receiving.

Power Rangers 2017
Photo from ‘Power Rangers’ Official Trailer
Meeting the five high school students destined to wield their newly found super powers to save the world, we have a football star Jason Scott (Dacre Montgomery), the nerdy and antisocial Billy Cranston (RJ Cyler), former popular girl Kimberly Hart (Naomi Scott), the impulsive and seemingly crazy Zack Taylor (Ludi Lin), and the mysterious new girl Trini Kwan (Becky G.). Like most origin stories, the unusual event happened following specific turning points in their lives; Jason after a recent high school prank banning him from the football team and house arrest, and Kimberly after she was outcasted by her groupmates.

Soon they found a robot-sidekick Alpha 5 (Bill Hader) and introduced to Zordon, uploaded to the memory of the spaceship. They learned that they have been chosen to be the newest team of Power Rangers - who will protect the humanity. Both actors deemed perfect for their roles, with Hader bringing his usual charm and wit as the supportive and cheerful Alpha 5, and Cranston using his courage and wisdom to try and lead the team towards victory against Rita.

Power Rangers 2017
Photo from Power Rangers Facebook page
Our mopey superheroes in time will face the villainous, ancient Rita who awakened from her slumber, determined to destroy life on the planet with the help of her giant golden monster named Goldar. In order to protect the planet, they must learn to harness their powers before Rita has the chance to complete her mission. This includes bonding with each other and becoming a fully-functioning unit in order for them to learn how to “morph” and acquire control over their Ranger armor.

The five leads are wildly irritating considering the diverse racial backgrounds and quirky personalities of each of them. It’s clear which of the five interest the filmmakers the most. Montgomery, Cyler, and Scott all get the spotlight all throughout, with each bringing spirit and acclaimed roles that might have otherwise been dull if played by different actors. Cyler stands out as the twitchy and sympathetic - so much so that it’s not hard to see why Billy’s character ends up mistakenly feel like the lead by the time it reaches the end of its second act.

Power Rangers 2017
Photo from Power Rangers Facebook page
Meanwhile, Trini and Zack turned to be the odd members of the team, introduced later than the other three and given far less to do emotionally as they are. Zack portrays as a tough guy who really just loves his ailing mom, he delivers an action-hero performance the likes of which you truly do not see anymore. It’s hard to say if it’s the fault of the artists or the film’s script, but the two characters just never come together as organic parts of the cast like the others do.

Power Rangers 2017

Photo from Power Rangers Facebook page
It's difficult not to spoil the excitement of testing out their newfound superpowers, but then the ridiculous plot has to come and you can see the film struggling to maintain its straight face while Banks' Rita Repulsa devours every piece of gold she can find and through her ongoing hunt for Zeo Crystal. Banks doesn’t just go over the top with her performance - she actually goes a little too far. Unlike the rest of the characters and performances in the film, which each feel rooted in a very specific emotional place, Rita fairly enjoys each part terrorizing Angel Grove and the jaw-dropping scene of Krispy Kreme commercial. It’s like receiving a satisfying reward after her destructible attack.

While you are awaiting the Rangers to figure out the right tone to morph, you are also looking a way to morph out of the theater especially during the haphazardly-paced middle section when the team are consumed in training. It’s only during the last 30 minutes that Power Rangers feels like they can manage perfectly the blend of fun and stakes in the final battle that is so-so staged and executed.

Power Rangers 2017
Photo from Power Rangers Facebook page
Goodness gracious, the result isn’t a perfect blockbuster by any means, as the emotional aspects of Power Rangers do struggle to come through from time to time. A little less remediation and a little more action would have gone a better way in the mushy mid section. Nevertheless, Israelite directs both the super-powered action scenes and mundane parts of his characters’ lives in an equally dynamic manner to offer the new generation the unintentional comedy and cheap thrills of Power Rangers that made it popular two decades ago.

WATCH: ‘Power Ranger’ official trailer

--M, The Summit Express

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