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  • For all the alleged ethical complexity in this thriller’s noirish narrative, everything’s a little too neat here, from Marlon’s ill wife acting as a motivator to the easy disgust generated from showing a room full of 14-year-old hookers.

  • Graceland soon reveals itself to be another angry, despairing kidnapping drama with sociopolitical concerns, and it's a measure of Morales's ambitions that Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece High and Low is his most obvious influence (that film's famous train sequence is even reprised here in an ingeniously low-budget fashion). Morales displays a feverish talent for asserting subtext through action at a breakneck pace.

  • American movies seldom draw the line between haves and have-nots as sharply as in Ron Morales’ “Graceland,” a nerve-shredding Philippines-set thriller made with such skill that its low budget barely registers.

  • Steering his story in unexpected directions, Mr. Morales uses moral depravity as the medium for pondering the allure of agency and the satisfaction of fighting back.

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