Aries (Jameson Blake) is a certified nerd, loner, and anti-social-media hopeless romantic who is smitten with the bubbly wide-eyed Norma (Sue Ramirez). He doesn't have the gonads to tell her how he really feels, as most of these things go, and is
But all of a sudden, Norma becomes very sick. Every test in every hospital comes out with the same normal results. But they learn that Norma has EHS or Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity syndrome. This means she’s allergic to phones, tablets, laptops, and most of all, Wi-Fi or plain signal alone. They retreat Norma to her grandmother’s house, which is around six hours away from the city to escape this unbelievable illness. There begins the journey to answer a very timely and relevant millennial question: Can love survive without technology?
Jameson Blake shows everyone why he’s an actor to watch for with his portrayal of the shy Aries. His
Sue Ramirez has moviegoers in the palm of her hands with her unconventional beauty and undeniable talent in making audiences empathize with all the different emotions she conveys in front of the camera. Aside from her rare illness, she also deals with her best friend Margaux’s backstabbing, her mom’s second family, and her confusing relationship with the two brothers. Sue holds our hand and guides us through the movie’s various complexities and manages to make us understand and feel for her.
Markus Paterson is fairly new to acting for the big screen—this is his first movie appearance since he joined a boy band contest in 2017. He tends to look a little stone-faced and stiff during the movie, especially during romantic moments with Sue. But his scenes with Jameson come off more
Jun Robles Lana, the writer-director of the film distinguishes Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa Wi-Fi from all the romantic comedies that have come before it. Some scenes and dialogue may come as a little cheesy and even cliche at times, but its insightful social commentary on today’s bittersweet era of technology and relationships remains clear and consistent. Add to that the enchanting voice of Keiko Necesario in the film’s soundtrack, and the picturesque cinematography, and it’s a film that’s pretty hard to match.
This movie delivers a timely message on the effects of living life through the technology that we deem as our bridge of connection to other people. We become so engulfed by the world on the screen that we forget the world that’s actually around us. It’s funny how this film makes you think about how you can connect with other people even when you don’t have a signal.