Hard Candy

4/5*’s.

So, everybody that reads my reviews knows the love I have for thought-provoking everythings. (Like, We Need To Talk About Kevin – by the way, if you liked WNTTAK, then you will love this movie – and the link to my review is attached). Thought provoking books, movies . . . if it’s something you can discuss, or you have to turn over in your mind, then I want it. Chances are I will adore it.

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Also, let me point this out: THIS IS NOT A HORROR. I don’t do horror, okay. Blood, guts? Nope. No, thankyou. I will pass, cry myself to sleep in a corner and rock backwards and forwards for a few hours and then forget that you ever asked me that so that will can go on like before.

I’m not sure what category I would put this under; psychological thriller, maybe? Meh. ‘Tis not important.

I think I loved this film because it completely creeped me out. I was watching it at gone midnight, Sunday night/Monday morning (REBELLIOUS BEHAVIOUR AT ITS BEST.) and I just sat there thinking . . . I’m really, like, disturbed by this. But it was morbidly fascinating. I was compelled. So I sat and finished it.

And, well, I’m glad I did.

This is another “sit-and-discuss-with-my-grandma-over-dinner-then-dishes-then-my-mother-gets-involved-and-we-all-discuss” movie. Which you might think would be awkward as this movie is about pedophiles, but it wasn’t. Oh, wait, I didn’t tell you? Yeah, it’s a movie about pedophiles. And this leads me pretty well onto my next point: what the film was about.

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So, at the beginning you’re watching this 14-year old girl getting chatted up by this 30-something year old man. Which weirded me out, to say the least, but I (already knowing the outline of the plot) persevered. At this point, you’re sitting there, rolling your eyes at the screen, whilst simultaneously dreading the uncomfortable scenes coming up and willing Hayley (amazingly portrayed by Ellen Page, except for a few lines that were delivered kinda deadpan) to run. And then he takes her to his house.

HIS FUCKING HOUSE. LIKE COME ON HAYLEY, WE ALL KNOW YOU’RE THIS NAIVE, BUMBLING, AWKWARD ADOLESCENT BUT GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND AT LEAST TRY NOT TO GET RAPED. JESUS CHRIST.

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But then . . . Hayley drugs Mr. Pedo. SHE BLOODY DRUGS HIM. And ties him up and proceeds to torture, but not actually torture him. So there’s no gore or anything (I was seriously like crying with relief.). Another thing I found really interesting was that we’re not actually sure whether the photographer guy is a pedophile. (Obviously, we all think ‘well, he was messing around with this 14 year old girl, so he baitly is’, but he is adamant that he isn’t and it makes you wonder . . .)
All in all, this is a really good (not so much scary?) movie and I would recommend anyone to watch it.

 

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