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Review: Pali Road, An Intriguing Thriller That Doesn't Quite Go The Distance

Pali Road, the romantic mystery thriller directed by Jonathan Lim, derives its title from an actual road on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, where the film is set. This road is said to be haunted, with many mysterious and unexplainable happenings said to have taken place there.   The film injects the mysteries, spiritual atmosphere, and landscape beauty of Hawaii into the familiar genre trappings of the psychological thriller, centered on the story of Lily Zhang (Michelle Chen), a young doctor practicing in Oahu. Pali Road references both Hawaiian and Chinese legends, attempting to use these cultural touchstones to inject some novelty into the often overworked tropes of psychological thrillers.   It succeeds at times in this quest, benefiting greatly from the committed and mostly...

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