Though Hard Candy clearly believes pedophiles should be chopped into little pieces and buried in an unmarked grave, its only purpose is exploitative. Sure, it's a cautionary tale for all those sicko wolves out there, but it's nothing more than an unabashed lurk-and-dread fest.
Tautly directed by David Slade, this drama probably offers more sadism than anyone could possibly want...The characters are absurd, but if you're up for this sort of thing, then surely you can con yourself into accepting them. Personally, I'd rather have this movie obliterated from my memory.
During the ensuing narrative unpleasantness and visual incoherence (meaningless choker close-ups, pointless slow motion), Hayley subjects Jeff to a range of torture, all in the name of, well, what? Despite the two fine performances, it's hard to say.
Universal acclaim- based on 239 Ratings
Sep 3, 2011The tense atmosphere created by the David Slade is sensational, fully appropriate to the situation. The script outputs can find some questionable time to time, but the film is directed behind to perfectness. The performances need no comment. Page and Wilson support the film with great skill, the progression of the tension is admirable, the expressions full of nuances and subjectivity. Movies that are supported primarily through dialogue efficiently are difficult to make. It all depends on how elaborate and interesting are the characters, their goals and their stories. â… Full Review »
Dec 23, 2013This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. It is one of the most disturbing and engrossing movies. It sure does
holds our attention after watching it and it is a perfect one time
watch movie. The highlight of the movie is lead performances by Ellen
Page and Patrick Wilson. About Page,she did her job so good.One of the
most creepiest performances. She looks so sweet and act grievously,she
really is a hard candy in the movie.She is one of the natural actors.
Patrick Wilson too well-acted the character of a pedophile who got has
been stuck with an insane girl who kills pedophile. His depiction of
anger,pain and surprise is really great. The cat and mouse game holds
us onto the edge our seats. The plot is totally unpredictable and many
scenes amazes us throughout the movie. Changing frequency and shaky
camera style in some scenes is also dazzling. Writers picked a
controversial topic and with a low-budget they turned it into a
capricious suspense thriller. If there were no flaws it would been the
one of the best thrillers. Character development and repetition of same
dialogues i.e."You are a pedophile" "No i am not" "You killed her" "i
didn't kill her" etc. seems cheesy. Though the plot is unpredictable it
is a bit crumby in scenes. But it is great two time watch movie. I
enjoyed it. Hats off to Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page.… Full Review »
Aug 6, 2013I can't say that Hard Candy is a great movie but i can't either say that it is a disaster. First of all it has great actors and an excellent cinematography. At the beginning it is a really lame and slow movie and it gets to the last minutes. It is really disturbing all these tortures and I can say that really annoyed me in a good way as i really like movies like Saw. I had great expectations for Hard Candy and I think they were a little bit high. You will only like it if you like sadistic movies like Saw otherwise you will waste your time and you will might feel really seek after watching that film. I give it 6/10 because it starts really bad and it is quite boring. After half an hour it gets more interesting. If only the first scenes were better....… Full Review »