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      Eden

      R 2012 1h 38m Crime Drama List
      85% Tomatometer 40 Reviews 68% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings A Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by human traffickers, has to agree to her captors' demands to survive. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Led by Jamie Chung's powerful performance, Eden takes a complex and non-exploitative look at the experience of a woman trapped in the horrors of sex trafficking.

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      John DeFore Hollywood Reporter [T]he picture takes a non-exploitative approach to lurid material. Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Monica Riese Austin Chronicle This is a visceral, haunting work that will not soon be forgotten by any who see it. Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Charlotte O'Sullivan London Evening Standard It's based on the experiences of a real life Korean woman, Chong Kim, but you can just tell that many of the facts have been massaged. Rated: 3/5 Jul 19, 2013 Full Review Patrick Gamble CineVue Eden may function as an inauspicious window into the distressing real world of sex works, but its underlying story not only deserves but positively demands a far more considerate and attentive approach than is shown here. Rated: 2/5 Jul 17, 2020 Full Review David Parkinson Radio Times Staged with admirable restraint, the film is provocative without being prurient, but its credibility comes under strain towards the end. Rated: 3/5 Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Joe Bendel Epoch Times "Eden" addresses an important and timely topic, but the fearless performances from Chung and O'Leary will completely hook audiences on an emotional level. Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Callison D This is a well done movie, I enjoyed it. It's pretty brutal but does shed light on this problem. She's a good actress. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/12/20 Full Review Audience Member This movie not only was horribly produced, but...the storyline of this "survivor" is astounding. This story can NOT be true. I have done research on the Chong Kim and I have found that she is a fake! There was a huge investigation done into her alleged trafficking and it was found that she was a fraud. This is an insult to actual survivors like myself! Those of us who have actually been trafficked, can easily see this story is not plausible. I have watched interviews with her on your tube and she smiles when she talks about herself being trafficked...who tf smiles!? This is a very serious issue. This is something that those of us who HAVE been through trafficking and have survived, would never smile about it. In addition, if she has been a public speaker for several years...why did she break down crying in one of her interviews? Those of us who share our stories, especially if we have been sharing them for a long time don't cry about it. It's life, it's what happened, it isn't some fresh wound that we are just now processing. She is a fraud and a fake! She should be ashamed of herself for fraudulently claiming to be a sex trafficking survivor! She is making a mockery of us who have been through these things. As I watched this movie, I found at least 10 points that were HIGHLY of not completely unlikely...a drunk teenager realizes she is going to get kidnapped and tries to run? Haha...no. Not the way it went down in this movie...she clearly has faked it. There are also so many places in this movie that things happen, that if they actually happened, the trafficker would have brutally beat or killed her...not put her in a tub of ice. Over all, this movie is terrible and she is clearly a fraud!!! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review robbie v So called true story devalued as apparently based on a lie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Tense and disturbing. Chung's acting was incredible and believable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member All movies about human trafficking are hard to watch and this one is no exception. It is a good story with an ending that is as happy as can be expected. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A small budget movie with a big story to tell, Megan Griffith's (no relation to Jordan, as far as we know) Eden is a movie that despite its limitations set forward by its financers is a movie that remains constantly engaging from start to finish even though it never reaches any great emotionally affecting heights that makes you think this story could easily be done once more in a manner that would make the most out of an horrific yet worthy true story. There have not yet been many high profile movies set around the hot topic of sex trafficking/slavery yet there are now many stories out there told by real life participants in what is one of the world's most lucrative and shameful industries. Eden is based on the real life tale (or is it real?) of Chong Kim here portrayed by the capable Jamie Chung who while not instilling Eden with a huge emotional heft, has many fine moments in a role that would of required a lot of her emotionally. While Chung is good as Eden the film finds a real power in its supports from grown up Frailty child actor Matt O'Leary and veteran character actor Beau Bridges. O'Leary as young drug addicted runner of the operation Vaughan and Bridges as Marshall/slavery organiser Bob Gault are both great in some very creepy turns. Vaughan in particular is an on edge and believable participant in this horrific business while Bridges oozes slim as cold and calculating Marshall Gault. With these fine turns by the two male leads it acts as a showcase for just what Eden could have been had it found a way to tap emotionally into what these situations really meant for these poor women and those invested into it financially and while director Griffiths has enough flair behind the camera to suggest she has a career in the industry there needs to be more thought on how to wring the most out of her stories. Eden is a small film worthy of your time, if not only to highlight the oft forgotten world that it depicts in all its unsavoury and harsh elements. With some very fine support turns and with a finely tuned pacing, Eden is a low budget film once more showcasing that budget does not make or break a movie if it has a worthy story to tell even if the film squanders a chance to make the most of its emotionally ripe story. 3 stiletto shoe heels out of 5 For more movie reviews and opinions check into - www.jordanandeddie.wordpress.com Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Korean-American girl, abducted and forced into prostitution by human traffickers, has to agree to her captors' demands to survive.
      Director
      Megan Griffiths
      Producer
      Jacob Mosler, Trent Broin, Colin Harper Plank
      Screenwriter
      Megan Griffiths, Chong Kim, Richard B. Phillips
      Production Co
      Clatter & Din
      Rating
      R (Disturbing Violent Content|Disturbing Sexual Content|Drug Use|Human Trafficking|Language)
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 10, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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