GRACELAND Movie Review
Graceland, a movie by director Ron Morales, takes us on an unpredictable, chilling and thrilling ride with a father who risks everything to get his daughter, who is being held captive somewhere after a kidnapping goes wrong.
(I will not post spoilers, because I want everyone to see this film, so here’s a nice and somewhat spoiler free summary) Marlon Villar is a chauffeur for a Filipino corrupted politican Maunel Chango, while driving his daughter and Manuel’s daughter home from school and they get ambushed by a “police officer” who then messes up a kidnapping and takes Marlon’s daughter and Marlon must comply with these kidnappers in order to keep his daughter safe. In the midst of all this the families are all thrown into this making everyone not innocent and pretty much in hell.
Starring Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido De La Paz, Leon Miguel, Ella Guevara, Marife Necesito, and Patricia Ona Gayond, this film grasps you from beginning to end. The entire cast gives great performances, but Arnold Reyes really steals the show with his great performance as the father. You feel his fear and emotion all throughout the film.
One thing I really enjoyed about this film was the neo noir feel to it. The cinematography is quite beautiful. It’s shot very well and shot in a way that it makes you feel like you’re the one experiencing all that is going on. The beginning of the film might feel a little slow at first, but I think it was done well because it builds up to the intensity of the rest of the film.
What would you do if you were in a situation like this? Somebody took your daughter and made you oblige to following their guidelines in order to keep her safe. It’s a scary thought! Leave your comments in the comment section below!
VOD RELEASE: March 28, 2013 & THEATRICAL RELEASE: April 26, 2013