Kate Beckinsale

'Brokedown' needs a major repair job

One of these days, the entire continent of Asia is going to sue Hollywood for defamation of character. Until that happens, we'll be forced to suffer through films like "Brokedown Palace."

Like "Red Corner" and "Return to Paradise" before it, "Brokedown Palace" posits itself as a cautionary tale: Don't even think about breaking the law when playing the Ugly American tourist in Asia, for the corrupt and unenlightened legal system there will throw your fanny in jail quicker than you can say "no Bill of Rights." Once there, you'll be abused, starved and otherwise treated real shabbily. Even worse, none of the people around you will speak...

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