Lets be clear about one thing, as an audience we have to care what will happen to the characters at the end.
If its an action flick, we have to care if the protagonist makes it alive after wasting all the bad guys.
Pallermo's acting was also fairly convincing, being Americanized herself in real life.
Moreover, the story is being pulled at so many directions that at the middle of the film I said "to hell with all of you"!Not only was Maceda's acting terrible, he shouldn't have even been casted for this role.Maceda looks more of a street punk than a computer geek.In no time Joanne easily confides in Rick (being americanized liberated himself), and in no time becomes one of Rick's top on line prostitutes for his business right after aborting her baby.
Enter Habibe (De leon) a former top on line prostitute, who befriends Joanne.Spike however happens to be an enthusiasts of pornographic web sites and one of them happens to be Joanne's site.