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About the Movie
After a night out with friends, Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) accepts a late night ride home from a young firefighter. What begins as a night of promise quickly turns into a nightmare when she is abducted and imprisoned outside Las Vegas as a sex slave. Renamed "Eden", she learns she must build the trust of her captors led by Bob (Beau Bridges) and Vaughan (Matt O'Leary) and sacrifice everything in a desperate plea to survive.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 34
- Fresh: 28
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [An] excruciating vision of under-age women conscripted into sexual slavery by a criminal enterprise from which there is seemingly no escape.
Fresh: Scrupulously avoiding salaciousness and overstatement, "Eden" translates a true-life tale of human trafficking into an effectively low-key, arrestingly suspenseful drama.
Fresh: Griffiths lays bare a many-tentacled trafficking system sickening in its reach.
Rotten: Nearly every second is taken up with the horrors inflicted upon the heroine by the sorriest bunch of good ol' boy sadists since "Deliverance."
Heavy subject that plays like a thriller.
A truly remarkable film, and not only for the story (which is, by the way, unbelievably harrowing and keeps you on the edge of your seat). But beyond Chong Kim's story is deft storytelling supported by intense and balanced acting, thoughtful and spot-on cinematography and excellent direction to bring it all together. All this is geared to entertain you as any good movie will, but simultaneously point out an all-too-invisible blight on our society. You come away wanting to talk about this film and the ramifications of the lives that are portrayed. Well done.
A thrilling and inspiring story of survival
This movie left me on the edge of my seat and amazed me with it's incredible story, which is based on true events. It is filled with gripping suspense and heart wrenching drama as it tells the story of one girl who is kidnapped and sold into slavery by human traffickers. The movie is entertaining and thrilling without ever being exploitive or overtly violent. It takes you on the journey of the main character as we feel what she feels and see what she sees during her terrifying and tragic ordeal.
The performances are remarkable across the board. Jamie Chung is a revelation in the lead role, portraying the character of Eden with a sense of emotional honesty and depth that is both riveting and real. Her performance is Oscar worthy and truly unforgettable. Beau Bridges is also great as the sinister southern sheriff who runs the trafficking ring. He is both terrifying and charasmatic, a truly iconic movie villain. Matt O'Leary also shines as the unhinged ex-soldier who helps run the operation, being menacing while still somehow evoking sympathay. All the performances in the film are remarkably human and authentic, something that cannot be said for the majority of other movies released every year.
Eden will open your eyes to the soul-sickening problem of human trafficking, while still telling a compelling story that you won't be able to look away from. It will challenge you and make you think, like all great films do. It is ultimately a beautiful and inspirational film that deserves to be seen by audiences of all ages and races. It is a journey that is sometimes scary, sometimes sad, but in the end will leave you filled with inspiration and the desire to stand up and make a change in the world.
a true story handled well!
finally a real crime story that is handled with grace and sincerity - im so tired of those awful lifetime-esque movies on this type of subject -- EDEN is so well done, i just loved it. Jamie Chung (the lead actress) does a brilliant job...
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2013
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