Graceland - Drafthouse Films - Blu-ray and DVD
Directed by: Ron Morales
Cast: Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido Dela Paz,Leon Miguel, Marife Necisito. Full cast + crew
Graceland is like the art-house version of Taken. Instead of having an ex-CIA badass tearing through a foreign city to look for his kidnapped daughter who is about to be forced into prostitution, we've got a politician's poorly paid driver who goes on a mission through hell after his daughter is accidentally kidnapped in place of the politician's daughter. That's about where the similarities end, though. I just wanted to get the attention of anyone who otherwise may not pay attention to a Filipino thriller.
Graceland is a dark, unflinching movie about the limits men will go to when they're pushed over the edge. It's a brutal affair and its raw depiction of some of the heinous things that happen to young girls in the Philippines is not easy to watch, but it is a rewarding film about the often radical lines that divide right and wrong, and how they can get blurred by those with power and those without.
Special Features: Commentary track with writer-director Ron Morales, producers Rebecca Lundgren and Sam Rider, and DP Sung Rae Cho and gaffer Blaise Miller (first time I've ever heard a gaffer on a commentary track); "A Life for Every Lie: The Making of Graceland" (12 minutes); deleted scenes (five scenes totaling 10 minutes); alternate ending (the original ending to the film, which is only one minute); trailers for all of Drafthouse Films' releases.
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