First, the trailer (Raych, if you're reading this, don't watch - it'll just scare you).
Hard Candy has five actors in it, total. FIVE. And only two have more than a handful of lines. It feels a lot like a play adapted for the screen, though I don't think it is. Patrick Wilson is great, as always, Ellen Page is precociously clever, as usual, and Sandra Oh is not onscreen for more than a couple of minutes.
***SPOILERS, PROBABLY! I don't know exactly what I'm going to write yet, but it's a good bet that I'll talk about the girl turning out to be an ALIEN PROSTITUTE! Just kidding. But spoilers are likely.
A couple of people told me Hard Candy keeps the audience in suspense, until the very end, about who is really the villain.
That is totally true.
If you have never seen a movie before.
Let me do the math for you:
1 thirty-something man (Patrick Wilson)
+ 1 underage girl he met online (Ellen Page)
+ 1 photo of another underage missing-presumed-dead girl in his hidden safe
+/- his protestations of innocence
= HE DID IT, DUH.
(Yep, that's a spoiler.)
Everyone I know who has seen this warned me that it's extremely disturbing, which, of course, is the entire reason I decided to watch it.
People, I am underwhelmed. It is somewhat disturbing, but not at all to the level of the extreme.
Sure, the castration scene is pretty disturbing (my count: 2 spoilers), but when you know the guy is a pedophile and a murderer, will you really care when he loses his balls? I mean, the girl numbs him first. It's not like she's totally inhumane.
I didn't find this at all the morally ambiguous tale I was told it was. Alright, so the girl is off her rocker; if she's aiming the crazy at a pedophile/murderer, am I really supposed to wonder who the bad guy is? IT'S STILL THE PEDOPHILE/MURDERER.
It is a pretty taut psychological thriller, and I'm always up for a thriller.
I give it a solid B, and some milk and cookies for effort.
For a really good psychological thriller, however, watch Cube.
4 weeks ago