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In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, 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. 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. -- (C) Drafthouse

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Graceland ... has a ruthlessness rarely attempted by its North American counterparts."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"The social and economic pitfalls facing the vast urban underclass of Manila's sprawling metropolitan area are depicted with unflinching regard in Ron Morales' observant low-budget Filipino feature, a blend of ruthless crime drama and grim thriller."
‑ Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"Sometimes difficult to stomach, the film captures the fragility of normal life in such a hotbed of crime and disorder."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Filipino-American filmmaker Ron Morales gets raw and real in a return to his cultural roots in teeming Manila for this sex trafficking thriller, though flirting with the boundaries between outrage and exploitation."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"Morales, who also wrote the script, knows how to pull at our heartstrings, especially with scenes involving child prostitutes."
‑ Nina Garin, San Diego Union-Tribune
"The film feels increasingly exploitative as it becomes more overtly political, illustrating various forms of injustice with blunt, sensationalistic imagery."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"A tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Morales's often brutal morality tale has both a grim intensity and a shattering impact."
‑ Jason Anderson, The Grid
"It's a fantastic thriller with outstanding performances that command attention."
‑ Michael Treveloni, Film School Rejects
"Graceland is an extremely bleak, yet very interesting film, that builds suspense through a tight story and quality acting rather than gimmicks."
‑ Alexander Lowe, We Got This Covered
"A potent combo of hostage thriller and high-impact morality play."
‑ Richard Kuipers, Variety
"A nerve-shredding Philippines-set thriller made with such skill that its low budget barely registers."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Graceland is more concerned with the moral compromises of individuals than the greater failures of society."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Graceland is a deceptively simple thriller with a smart setup and a cruelly efficient execution."
‑ Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
"Take the worst day you've ever had at your job and multiply it by ten. That still probably won't compare with the day that Marlon Villar (Arnold Reyes) is having in Graceland."
‑ Matt Shiverdecker, Paste Magazine
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