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Fantasia 2012 review: Graceland

dir. Ron Morales
act. Leon Miguel, Arnold Reyes

This is a tense, uncompromising and unsettling thriller from the Philippines. It deals with unsavory subjects as poverty, child prostitution and corruption. There is one shocking scene of nudity that some viewers may not be prepared for. It’s not exploitative but some will not care to see such a scene. Graceland is about a driver while driving his own daughter and his boss’ daughter home, gets hijacked and knocked out by a kidnapper who takes the girls. The driver is then tasked by the kidnapper to deliver a ransom note to his boss, a corrupt congressman. The story is well paced and raises the tension ending with revelations that mostly make sense. Those who can handle it will be treated to a very good film. Less you know about it, the better the viewing will be.



Longtime fan of East Asian films. Former "movie reporter" on the music radio show / podcast "Beats From The East" broadcasted on Concordia University's CJLO 1690AM radio station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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