Paradise Highway is a 2022 thriller film lead by Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman and Juliette, the movie is praised for its sophisticated subject matter on human trafficking.
The conspiracy thriller is written by director Anna Gutto, produced by Georgia Bayliff, Claudia Bluemhuber, and Michael Leahy under Grindstone Entertainment Group and Silver Reef Productions.
The movie was released on 29 July 2022 inside the United States under the distribution of Lionsgate. Moreover, it was screened at the Locarno Festival in Aug 2022.
Where was Paradise Highway filmed?
Paradise Highway was filmed in Mississippi, USA during summer 2021. Production of the film was moved from New Mexico to Mississippi when Morgan Freeman came on board the film due to his residence in Mississippi.
Director Anna Gutto has commented that the movie was shot in the middle of summer 2021 in Jackson, Clarksdale, and the Mississippi delta close to Freeman’s blues club. The director revealed that heat was a major challenge for all the cast and crew members while filming.
Even though, temperatures may not seem that hot from July to September, humidity was the main tropical factor that caused trouble in shooting of Paradise Highway. Also, there were too many mosquitoes.
Jackson is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Mississippi that is known as the City with Soul, and it has a unique culture and history that makes it stand out from other cities in the state.
It is home to several historic sites, such as the Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi State Capitol, which have been designated as National Historic Landmarks.
There are numerous outdoor activities to enjoy, such as hiking in the nearby LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, or taking a trip to the top of a prehistoric volcano at the Ross Barnett Reservoir.
Clarksdale is known as a musical gem of a city due to the fact that many African-American musicians developed the blues here, and took this original American music with them to other cities during the Great Migration.
The city of Clarksdale contains a wide variety of historic sites, such as the Delta Blues Museum, The Blues Crossroads, River Gator, Cutrer Mansion, etc. Out of which, the world famous Delta Blues is the state’s oldest music museum which was originated in the Mississippi delta.
Clarksdae city has a thriving arts and culture scene, featuring a vibrant art district and plenty of events throughout the year. Moreover, the city is the birthplace to various popular music artists.
Paradise Highway Cast & Characters
The cast of human trafficking movie includes:
- Juliette Binoche as Sally
- Morgan Freeman as Finley
- Cameron Monaghan as Sterling
- Frank Grillo as Dennis
- Hala Finley as Leila
- Morgan Freeman as Gerick
- Desiree Wood as Pattie
- Susan McPhail as Sheriff Jones
- Dianne McNair-Smith as Dolly
- Veronica Ferres as Rose
- Christiane Seidel as Claire
- Sharon Gee as ERT Agent Wong
- Jim Dougherty as Paul
- John Read as Warehouse Worker Frank
- Scotty Whitehurst as Pimp
- Walker Babington as Terrence
Why is Paradise Highway rated R?
The thriller movie is R rated by MPAA because it contains strong language, F-bombs, scenes of violence like a man with cigarette burns on his hands and tortured bruises on his face. Additionally, there are some scenes set in prison with other criminals.
What is Paradise Highway movie about?
The film follows a woman truck driver named Sally who gets caught up in a dangerous smuggling job that is involved with acts of child trafficking.
In an attempt to save her brother, Sally must confront the harsh realities of the illegal underworld and risk her own safety. She has to complete the task given to him without falling into the hands of FBI operatives. Any failure will lead to the death of Dennis in prison.
Along the way, Sally meets a young girl, Leila, who is also being trafficked and they decide to join forces in an attempt to escape the traffickers. As Sally and Leila begin a danger-fraught journey across state lines, a dogged FBI operative (Freeman) sets out on their trail, determined to do whatever it takes to bring the traffickers to justice just like Major William Cage did in Edge of Tomorrow.