Hard Candy

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Director: David Slade
Starring: Ellen Page (X-Men 3), Patrick Wilson & Sandra Oh
RunTime: 104 mins
Genre: Thriller / Suspense
Rating: M18 (Mature Content)
Will Appeal To: Net Chatters

We often read news stories of young girls meeting other men after chatting online. Some end up in romance, but most were preyed by olden men. Hard Candy is based on this premise, but with a twist.

14-year old Hayley (Ellen Page) meets her Internet chat friend, a 33-year old charming photographer Jeff (Patrick). They end up going back to his home alone and she ends up stripping some clothing off. Just as Jeff thought it was his lucky day...

The twist happens.

Hard Candy is a psychological thriller playing on the reversal of roles of victim and aggressor. It has almost only 2 characters in the whole movie (Grey Anatomy's Sandra Oh having only a minor role.) Yet it was able to sustain interest through out with its intense portrayal and gritty look into the world of pedophiles.

Hated the ending, but marveled at how Ellen Page (last seen as Kitty in X-Men) can hold on to an entire movie on her own.

Hard Candy - Is it scary? Not really, but it will make balls shrink.

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