Sunday, 9 September 2012

Drafthouse's "Graceland" to be shown in the Philippines

Drafthouse's "Graceland" to be shown in the Philippines 

"A riveting and unpredictable Filipino crime saga, GRACELAND thrusts viewers into the corrupt underbelly of the Philippines’ capital, exposing a world of deceit, exploitation, and startling depravity. Written and directed by Ron Morales (Santa Mesa), this “lean and breathless thriller” (Complex Magazine) depicts a desperate man’s infinite moral compromises amidst a tale of kidnapping gone horribly wrong."

Well, as we sought the picture and the trailer, at first, people would say that it is like any other action movie, simply because it featured guns, kidnappings, tragedies and the like, yet is much realistic than as what everyone stereotypically thinks of it.

Made by Ron Morales, and been featured at the United States by Drafthouse Films, Graceland tackles about a Family man, whose daughter, mistaken for a politician's daughter end kidnapped, creating a sudden terrifying turn for a father, quite horrible that involves deceit and betrayal. (according to the press release)

And contrary to the usual movies seen nowadays, it is quite rare for a movie, such as this example as it also mirrors social reality such as what the trailer shown. To think that major issues like corruption, crimes like kidnappings, and feuds between rich and poor people are directly featured in the film; with others, of course  at first tend to look it primarily as a "return" of "action movies" not noticing that it is not like any other "action movie" nor a mere "indie film" that is made for the sake of popularity.

In fact, prior to be shown in the Philippines, it had a world premiere at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, followed by Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival and even Austin’s FantasticFest as well as Athens International Film Festival in Greece. Obviously, that said film end with praises from critics, of crowds wanting to watch as well as an audience award. 

Anyways, this writer, also loves to watch movies for unwinding, and been reading existing writeups about the movie as well as commentaries posted in a Facebook site featuring the film same as the movie's site it is much likely to say that the film is worth challenging and uncompromising as what writer/director Ron Morales said; that perhaps would say it is not like any other film that is made for sake but to show to the people what society is.

But for further idea, why not care to watch and know clearly other than what the trailer shown? Goodluck and perhaps see you soon at Galleria. 

Theatrical release information:
Robinsons Movieworld - Cinema 7
Robinsons Galleria
Level 4, Galleria Corporate Center
EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue
Quezon City, Philippines

September 12 – 18, 2012. Nightly at 6:00 and 8:00.
R-18 by MRTCB — at Robinsons Movieworld.