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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

Writer:

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 Lynn Sherman ... News Anchor / Teacher
Rommel Luna Rommel Luna ... Lover
Marcial Umoso Marcial Umoso ... Detective Marcial (as Marical Umoso)
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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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A life for every lie. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Philippines

Language:

Tagalog

Release Date:

26 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Metro Manila, Philippines

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,059, 28 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,791, 5 May 2013
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Imprint Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sige Saya
Composed by Marcus Davis/Amber (as Amber Rowley)
Published by Viva Music Publishing, Inc.
Performed by Pop Girls
Album Released under Viva Records Corporation
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Kidnapping, but not Kid's Play
1 August 2012 | by christian94See all my reviews

Kidnapping has been on the rise and much more organised in the last two decades, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean. I personally have stories of close people being kidnapped in Haiti and Venezuela. Now we are hearing more of India and South Africa, but in 2010, according to the available statistics, the six countries in the world ranked highest for kidnapping for ransom were Colombia, Italy, Lebanon, Peru, the Philippines, and, perhaps surprisingly, the United States! Certainly slightly skewed by Phoenix, AZ, which has become the second kidnapping capital in the world after Mexico City, DF, the concern remains a global one nonetheless.

The topic is not new, but make for potential griping dramatic storyline. We had the effective "Ransom (1996)", the delectable "Gone Baby Gone (2007)" and the steadfast "Taken (2008)" which is set for a sequel this year. "Graceland (2012)" is a marvellous addition to the genre and is surely the best film yet on the topic. It is twisted and almost tedious, until a Usual Suspect-like quality is revealed in the script and sustained by the uncompromising direction.

The beginning and build-up is superb and shocking and the ending puts everything in equally appalling perspective. The middle part lags at times, with less action and suspense than its American counterparts, but instead explores themes of family, class, corruption, extortion, sexual behaviour, suspicion, sickness, trafficking, revenge, redemption, etc. with great wit and repartee.

The acting shines for the victims and the dutiful detective, although the kidnappers' casting may have been on purpose to portray less cunning and calculating individuals. The 84 minutes running time keeps it relatively short and definitely not sweet, leaving you with an awkward after-taste and after-thought as you leave the theatre.

Philippines 2012 | 84 min | HD Tagalog & English language (English subtitles)


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