Brokedown Palace - * *

Jonathan Kaplan directs this contemporary drama about two women (Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale) who are caught up in a series of nightmarish events while travelling in Southeast Asia. Bill Pullman is a lawer who works to free them of drug smuggling charges. Lou Diamond Phillips also stars.

Capsule Review: A depressing (and unrealistic at times) cautionary tale about naive travellers. This story was done better, and with more emotional impact, in last year’s Return to Paradise.

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