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Return to Paradise

1 rating: 4.0
Movie with Vince Vaughn, Ann Heche, and Joaquin Phoenix

Return to Paradise is a 1998 film directed by Joseph Ruben, written by Wesley Strick and Bruce Robinson and starring Anne Heche, Joaquin Phoenix and Vince Vaughn.   Return to Paradise is a remake of a French film released in 1989, Force majeure. … see full wiki

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1 review about Return to Paradise

A scary reminder of what can go wrong abroad....

  • Jun 13, 2008
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This movie is in many ways similar to movies like Midnight Express and Brokedown Palace. The plot involves 3 Americans who spend their vacation living it up on beaches of Malaysia. Two of them leave, however, one stays in Malaysia and is caught with the group's drug stash and subsequently sentenced to death. The other 2 are faced with a gut wrenching ethical dilemma (different from the other 2 movies). Do they go back to Malaysia, serve 3 years each, and save the life of their friend? OR do they remain in the relative comfort of their lives in New York and let their friend die.

Such a dilemma shows rather simply that its better to avoid things like drugs overseas in the first place. However, this movie emphasizes that every action, no matter how far removed, has consequences.

This is the type of movie that forces you to think about what you would do in a similar situation. Would you risk your own life by putting yourself in a third world prison to save a friend and hold yourself accountable? Or would you let bygones be bygones and go on with your life? This movie is definitely food for thought.
Penang Prison, where the men are held Petronas Towers

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