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September 19, 2010

Trick or treat?

Filed under: Have you seen this? — Rajeev @ 1:58 pm

There are disturbing films and then some. Hard Candy is the kind of film that works when it makes you uncomfortable; that makes you shift in your seat and leaves you all hot and bothered in the end.

It’s the story of a 14-year-old girl who entraps a 32-year-old pedophile on the Internet, gets herself invited to his home, and quickly has him strapped down and helpless. Hard Candy carefully treads the line between titillation and revenge, and it’s riveting because it’s held together by a heroic performance from Juno star Ellen Page who was 17 at the time she played the film’s protagonist.

Never a conventional thriller, the film is for the most part a dramatic battle-of-wits between its two central characters, who spend pretty much the entire duration of the film talking to each other. Shot mostly in a single location, the film is hard to disengage from.

Patrick Wilson, who stars as the girl’s hostage, delivers a brave performance and is especially convincing as he squeals and begs, using everything from polite requests to abusive threats as he tries to talk her out of what she intends to do to him.

Hard Candy works as a psychological thriller, and it challenges you to continue watching. Bold and disturbing, the film is clearly not for the faint-hearted. It throws up the important debate about what is fair punishment for pedophiles.

If you can gather your guts, give it a chance. It’s a film that takes the subject of pedophilia and twists it in such a way that your standard response is challenged severely. Worth a watch, if you have the stomach for it.


  1. This film is nothing short of a classic – its so nerve wrecking and I’d pick it any day over a big budget effect laden summer blockbuster. Disturbing but worth watching.

    Comment by Jay Mamtora — September 24, 2010 @ 9:28 pm

  2. It’s understandable that money can make us independent. But what to do when someone has no money? The one way only is to try to get the loan or secured loan.

    Comment by CaseyReba — September 25, 2010 @ 4:46 am

  3. i had watched it around 6-7 years ago i think. I was wondering how can anyone make some such a movie.
    It was way too advance for its time. but i fitting end i believe

    Comment by moviebuff — March 26, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  4. ellen page delivers such a mature performance for her age
    its an amazing movie

    Comment by Anjali — November 5, 2013 @ 12:54 am

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