Plot: A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old
photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes
to his home in an attempt to expose him.

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae, Gilbert John

Director: David Slade


The internet can be a dangerous place; you never know who you will meet
and if the person you met on that message board or on myspace is really
the person who you thought they were. When I was younger I had to deal
with that stuff, but I wasn't dumb enough to go and meet some person I
met online. So many girls and boys everyday go out there and meet
random older men and god knows what happens. After producer David
Higgins saw a news report about incidents in Japan where business men
were on the net searching for underage girls to go on dates with, they
would meet with the girls and end up being ambushed by 5 instead and
getting robbed. Hard Candy takes it a bit further telling the story of
14-year-old Hayley who meets Jeff, a 30-something photographer online
and one day "gives in" to meeting him. So they meet and things go on
pretty sweetly. They end up going to his house, Hayley mixes some drinks
and Jeff says he will take pictures of her. But then Jeff blacks out and
wakes up tied to a chair. He soon realizes that this is not a joke and Hayley
is not as innocent as she seems to be.

This movie reminded me of te old Hitchcock movies, just how its kind of a
mystery you are trying to solve but its really a thriller through and
through. It's such a smart movie that it really keeps you captivated the
entire time. Not only due to Brian Nelson's amazing script but also to David
Slade's direction. Having previously worked on music video, this is Slade's
full lengh directorial debut. Beautifully done, especially with the fact that the
majority of the movie takes place in a house. But even then the house is
converted to the coffee shop we see in the beginning of the movie. Also,
there are really only 2 characters in this movie. We do have 4 other people
with smaller roles but you forget about them as you continue watching.
The strange thing about the movie is that you can not believe you are just
feeling bad for Jeff the whole time, and you sit there and say to yourself
"Why am I feeling bad for a guy that may be a pedophile?" and you are
kinda detesting Hayley a bit.

It's such a switch from what you would usually see in another movie. With
this content you will usually see the child as the victim not vice versa). This
time its the "child" that's the predator, but that's also what makes the
movie so good. With the character Hayley played by Ellen Page, she almost
didn't get the role because when she had auditioned her head was shaved
for a previous movie which we see had pretty much grown out for Hard
Candy. Which is quite different and I think makes it more interesting
because Ellen Page has more of a tomboy look in this movie, and originally
the producers wanted her to have more of that girl next door look. But I
think this worked better for the movie and I honestly can't even imagine
anyone else taking on such a powerful and memorable role. This is a movie
I would recommend to those who like (as I mentioned earlier) Alfred
Hitchcock's films and roles that require a strong female presence.

Overall: 8/10
Genres: Drama, Thriller

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 2005

Runtime: 104 minutes

Studio: Vulcan


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