Thursday, March 01, 2007

Hard Candy (2005)

***
USA


A glossy, nervy chamber piece about a prospective paedophile and a pubescent avenging angel. Writer Brian Nelson and director David Slade try their nastiest to get you writhing and retching in your seat. You hit the point where you sincerely wonder why you're still watching. It isn't because of the sassy, smarmy dialogue or any relevance the movie may have to child abuse in the real world (it has none). It's because the very young Ellen Page is so distressingly, hypnotically adept at floating between trembling precociousness and maniacal intensity.

dir: David Slade
cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Jennifer Holmes, Gilbert John

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