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Graceland (2012)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 26 April 2013 (USA)
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When a kidnapping goes wrong, a desperate father risks everything to save his daughter from the men who hold her captive.

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Ron Morales

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Ron Morales
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Reyes ... Marlon Villar
Menggie Cobarrubias ... Mr. Manuel Changho
Dido de la Paz ... Detective Ramos
Leon Miguel ... Visel
Ella Guevara ... Elvie Villar
Marife Necesito ... Mrs. Marcy Changho
Patricia Gayod ... Sophia Changho (as Patricia Ona Gayod)
Bernadette Diao Bernadette Diao ... ChiChi Body Double
Yam Wilson Yam Wilson ... ChiChi
Angie Ferro ... ChiChi's Grandmother
Angeli Bayani ... Lina Villar
Archi Adamos ... JoeJoe (as Archie Adamos)
Lynn Sherman ... News Anchor / Teacher
Rommel Luna Rommel Luna ... Lover
Marcial Umoso Marcial Umoso ... Detective Marcial (as Marical Umoso)
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Storyline

Family man Marlon Villar - a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango - is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he is ambushed while driving both his boss's and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon's daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events spin wildly out of control, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent. Written by Graceland

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Taglines:

A Life for Every Lie See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Philippines

Language:

Tagalog

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Земля благодатная See more »

Filming Locations:

Metro Manila, Philippines

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,059, 28 April 2013

Gross USA:

$24,529

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,529
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Imprint Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Graceland Drone
Written by Mike Thies and Topu Lyo
Performed by Live Footage
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Corruption, scandals, poverty. There's no hope left for young generation.
14 September 2013 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

It was a Filipino captivity thriller-drama. A story of a driver father who risks everything to save his beloved daughter from the kidnapper. Well his daughter's kidnap is a mistake, the kidnappers wrongly abduct the driver's daughter instead the girl he works for. The story begins with his boss, a corrupted minister having sex with a minor girl. The lower middle class families are the one affected by this most powerful and rich minister. So the plot was very clear about its kidnapping theme which involves political corruption and scandals.

Any parents can feel the heat for this father who roams in the streets like a strayed dog. The story was hyped enough to create tension and confuse over the viewers to see a struggling father to get his daughter home safely. He was an ordinary father, definitely not like Liam Neesan from the movie 'Taken'. A police officer lands to him for a help, knowing that corruption is everywhere the desires to work alone. In other side, it get started to unfold the story of a driver's ill wife which turns him from a witness to a suspect to the law's eye.

The movie looked kinda real, like a documentary or something about under aged child kidnapping and forced into prostitution. The director really did a fine research about it to nail this movie. There was a scene it was totally disturbing to catch a minor girl in the act. I don't know is it permitted to make one like that, for me I felt it was totally unnecessary. It divides the audience into two specially the family audience. The twist was great, that made the movie's value reach a little bit higher. 'Trade' was a movie about human trafficking that happened in northern America while 'Taken' in Europe and 'Graceland' is not too far from those two which take place in south-east Asia. Overall it was a movie will leave you the unbearable images even after a watch.

8/10


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