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Hard Candy (2005)

Posted on October 18, 2008 by under Movies, Reviews.    

Ellen Page

Ellen Page in Hard Candy (2005), a twisted movie depicting what can happen when the predator becomes the prey.

If you thought that Ellen Page was great in Juno, you have to see Hard Candy.

She is fantastic in it. I can’t believe that I hadn’t seen in until now. And, I can’t believe that Brian didn’t want to see it.

I added it to my Netflix queue without having watched its trailer or preview and without any preconceived notions so I really didn’t know what it would be about. Brian started the movie for me before his nap. When read the description on the sleeve, he made a comment about it being another “Lolita” movie. I asked him what he meant. He replied simply that it is a movie about a teenage girl who hooks up with an old guy. That is totally not the case. Well, that’s what Jeff (the male character in the movie thinks)… But he had no idea what he was getting himself into. There are just some really twisted people out there.

Hard Candy is an intense thriller that is refreshingly original. What impressed me most is that it kept me interested despite having only two characters. I also liked the twist of having the prey become the predator. Throughout the movie you are constantly teetering back and forth between rooting for either character and you’re constantly questioning. Is Jeff really a bad guy? Did he really hurt those girls? Is Hayley justified in her vigilantism? Or is she just really demented?

The end of the movie left me feeling that this is one movie that is a must-see for those guys who keeping getting busted on Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” series. I think it would really make them think twice about what they’re doing. Seriously.

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