- Starring: Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson
- Summary: A cat-and-mouse psychotic thriller as incisive as it is stylish, Hard Candy delivers a provocative take on the revenge drama while jangling nerves at every turn. The film plunges us into an unstable universe where we cannot readily identify the "good guy" in the tense confrontation between a 14-year-old girl and the 32-year-old man she suspects of pedophilia and murder. (Lionsgate)… Expand
- Director: David Slade
- Genre(s): Drama, Thriller
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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.
Sep 20, 2010A very disturbing, but great movie. When I first saw that Ellen Page was the lead I watched it. I soon found out that young people are not always innocent. The last line of the movie when she says "Or Not" really shows that if you are convincing you can get anyone to believe you. A shocking thrill ride that will make you cringe, cry and maybe even smile a little… Expand
Jun 2, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A brilliant film. The film does leave one major question unanswered...who is Hayley?...but that does not stop this brave film from being unbelievably intense. Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are absolutely terrific, and Sandra Oh is effective in her tiny role. A must-see film starring Ellen Page, pre-Juno.… Expand
Dec 23, 2013This review contains spoilers, click expand 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.… Expand
Aug 19, 2010Man meets young girl on Internet, lots in common, meet at coffee shop, go back to his house, get drunk, gets weird.
Thriller that tackles a difficult subject but plays it out well helped by the brilliant Ellen Page.
It has its uneasy moments but it's very well written & you're never really sure, even after the end credits, of what was what & who did what.… Expand
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… Collapse
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....… Expand