Return To Paradise - 1998 (R)


Year of Release: 1998
Rated: R
Director: Joseph Ruben
Approx. Running Time: 112 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

In this tense, twisted thriller of passion and betrayal, two men face the decision of a lifetime. They had been three buddies, living the life in Malaysia, a life of drugs, sex and freedom. Sheriff and Tony returned to America, but Lewis decided to stay on. Two years later, a lawyer arrives in New York. Lewis is rotting in a prison cell - sentenced to die because of them. The only way he can be saved is if Sheriff and Tony return to serve three years in a living hell. Tony is a successful architect, about to be married; Sherrif a cynical limo-driver with nothing to lose. Why should they care? One woman must do whatever it takes to persuade them they must care, and she has only five days to do it. But as the day of the execution draws closer, no one can predict what fate has in store for those who stay and those who leave and RETURN TO PARADISE.

My Comments:

This is not a feel-good, heart-warming movie. There are no clear lines between which characters are good and which are not. There is no happy ending. The only thing clear about this film is that the performances - particularly Joaquin Phoenix who plays the smallest yet most crucial role - will leave you breathless and the story will rip out your heart.

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Rated R (MPAA)
4 Stars
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