#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – After three weeks of chatting with the thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver over the Internet, fourteen year old Hayley Stark meets him in the Nighthawks coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him in spite of the age difference and proposes to go to his house. Once there, she prepares a screwdriver for them and Jeff passes out. When he awakes, he is tied up to a chair, and Hayley accuses him of pedophilia. Jeff denies the accusation, and Hayley begins to torture him in a cat and mouse game.
Plot: Hayley’s a smart, charming teenage girl. Jeff’s a handsome, smooth fashion photographer. An Internet chat, a coffee shop meet-up, an impromptu fashion shoot back at Jeff’s place. Jeff thinks it’s his lucky night. He’s in for a surprise.
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Great acting and film making!
I was lucky enough to be in one of the first test audiences for this film in Los Angeles. Knowing nothing about the film except that it’s being described as suspense/horror, and stars Patrick Wilson and a 14 year old girl, I went in expecting another bad to mediocre slash film. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Hard Candy is an intense psychological drama, with incredible performances by both Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. The two actors are practically the only two people with lines in the film, aside from some brief appearances by Sandra Oh and Jennifer Holmes. Thusfar I have only seen Wilson in The Alamo and Phantom of the Opera, but I was blown away with how he handled this performance. The slow, suspenseful film is set mainly in the Los Angeles home of photographer Jeff, a 32 year old man whom Hayley, a mature 14 year old girl who met him online, suspects to be a pedophile. The pacing was steady, and phenomenal – after a brief exposition we get into the real suspense about 20 minutes into the film, and it doesn’t let up from there. The cinematography and camera work went excellently with the film. Rather than being extremely gory, the adult themes of the film lead to a more psychological creepiness. There are also questions that remain unanswered until the end of the film, when everything is wrapped up nicely – leaving you puzzled to the true identities and motives of the characters throughout most of the duration.
Horror films are not my cup of tea, but psychological drama is. An early fall release date has been rumored, and I can only hope this movie doesn’t get lost in the shuffle between summer blockbusters and Oscar season. I also hope Lion’s Gate markets this film for what it is, and doesn’t try to aim for fans of slash, or a teen crowd.
Noble : But Flawed
I’ll admit, I was completely cowardly… I read as many user reviews about this film as possible, before offering a critique. Why? Because when attempting assessment of controversial material, its a good idea to find the “middle ground”.
As one would suspect, reviewers either loved or hated this movie. Since we’re on a movie review site, I found myself thinking: Is this an eerie, atmospheric shocker like Polanski’s work? No… Hard Candy is shocking in places, but lacks atmosphere and an eerie edge due to its setting.
Do we have a tense and driven psychological thriller in the style of Hitchcock? Not really… Although there’s moments when Hard Candy is nearly as good, this movie lacks the subtle symbolism and driven power of Hitchcock at his best.
So, what are we left with? Well… A noble but flawed project, I think. Noble because mainstream movies so very rarely attempt to grapple with difficult issues like internet pedophilia and (female) sadism. Flawed because of the writing.
The central ethos of Hard Candy asks us to accept that torture and mental cruelty is an acceptable outcome, when victims “turn” and become the attackers-that-were-attacked. The film-makers are over-manipulative here, because they know many of us wish to see dangerous sexual criminals roasted over a hot fire – but this is a medieval idea – and does not prevent crime…
Faulty logic is at work when victim becomes attacker (albeit in a different way). It’s a kind of vigilante-style response, much loved by film-makers (because of it’s simple, direct message). Yet, the real issues as to why crime occurs are overlooked. In fact, the real issues are side-stepped completely in Hard Candy.
Why Hayley is so driven, organized and determined to reek vengeance on this hapless photographer isn’t clear to me – I think the inference is that she knew (or was) one of Jeff’s victims. We have to wait to the end of the movie for this vital information – The wait’s a long one and it seemed fudged.
The characters’ back stories just aren’t well-developed enough for us, the audience, to make clear judgments about whom we should be supporting. Stephen King’s characters, for example, are much more rounded and believable.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 44 min (104 min)
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director David Slade
Writer Brian Nelson
Actors Patrick Wilson, Elliot Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae
Awards 10 wins & 13 nominations.
Production Company Vulcan Productions, IcePack Pictures
Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA, Riot, Santa Monica (CA), USA (video dailies), Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 2,843 m (Portugal, 35 mm)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 200T 5274)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Fuji Eterna-CP 3513DI)