Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Travel Movie: Brokedown Palace

Some travel movies are hard to imagine as the kind that entice you to visit the country, and Brokedown Palace is one of those.

The film tells the story of Alice (Claire Danes) and Darlene (Kate Beckinsale), two American teenagers who take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Thailand, only to become unwitting drug mules for a handsome con man. They are arrested and lost within the harsh Thai legal system, which has no tolerance for drug smuggling.

While the movie may not give you the travel itch, it serves as a stern warning to tourists who think they can get away with misbehaviour in foreign countries. The idea that 'it doesn't count on vacation' is not only disrespectful, but dangerous, and could potentially have disastrous consequences like those shown in the movie.

Verdict: Download it (and show it to any teenagers about to take a solo trip!)

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