What a great movie. Although it has just two actors,hard_candy the chemistry (if you can call it like that in the context of the story) between them is amazing. Both Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page became really big stars after this movie. Ellen was 17 during the filming of this intense slow-burner. Set in one house and featuring two actors this is a psychological thriller about pedophilia. And not just pedophilia, it’s also about meeting people online and revenge. In this modern world, running on computers and without hard limits eliminated by technology, meeting people online is just as natural as going to the bathroom. Actually, the inspiration for this movie came from true incidents in Japan, where a young girl would lure older businessmen into hotel rooms only to rob them along with her all-girl gang.  Pedophiles in today’s cinema have always been portrayed as these demented killers or sleazy bad guys, without much humanity to them. Patrick Wilson put a friendly face to this monstrosity, showing us the truth: they are here and they are your neighbors. The question is: where do you go from there?

After they met online in one of the chatrooms, Jeff Kohlver and Hayley Stark decide to meet in real life. The only problem is the age difference that will lead to some very violent situations. Hayley is only fourteen.

At this point I should mention the fact that Hard Candy sometimes comes off as pretentious and too set up. We are certainly aware of the fact that this fourteen-year-old girl could not do all these things. Many people discredited the movie because of these plot holes, but I think the overall moral dilemmas are much more fun to contemplate, so the whole hole thing can be overlooked. If they added some sort of helper, perhaps an ex-pedophile who has seen the light this would make more sense for everyone, but they didn’t and that’s it. Also, the overall plot twists and disturbing subject of the movie provide additional thinking material. Visual style is very clean and vivid, making Hard Candy neat and easy to watch despite the storyline.

Director: David Slade

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page

Fun Facts: Filmed in 18 days.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424136/

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