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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
Hard Candy- Not a film about sweets at all.
Except for some of the really horrendous material, the 4 stars I rated would most likely become closer to a 5, it was that good. I've worked in court cases where it just is not some film we can watch, then eat some jello and go to sleep. Hard CAndy takes on a most lurid and bizarre tone and quality; most excellent delivery from both leads. I'm still trying to figure out what Sandra Oh's part, brief, thankfully-she really had no guts to the "part" than asking stupid and irritating questions about GS cookies, not even really suspicious, just another affluent and bored affluent housewife, no matter what the casting call said her bit required. Not as if she had any purpose in the film, just fluff. As for the red head, "Janelle"? Who cares? Her lines were awe-inspiring: "Jeff?" Inquiringly. "Jeff"? Curious. "Jeff"? Grating. "Jeff"? Ok, dumb as a box 'o rocks. Seriously. So I had one or two points to focus on script advisement. I do hope they did not actually pay people to tell them how the surgery would have been done. Because they got most of that section completely wrong. From the get-go, the dude had his blue tighty-whities on. Look at that part again if you disagree. Another, using the taser while being soaked from the grappling and wrestling for control of the physical setting, would have conjointly nailed little ms. Sunshine, as well. All that water and electricity. Interesting, but no. Three, IF they had to include the nuts on the chopping block, (and I do believe they had to do so), then at least know what procedure you intend to perform. At least, that. But right...NO. Again.
I will say for such a tiny body, "Hayley" had some sort of strength, lifting and hefting, hauling around a man at least 6" taller, 20 years older, and buffed, until the end, she did manage to drag that unconscious man all over the house. In one part, she grunts and heaves, while she is behind and he has his narced-out, inert body slumped in the chair. The chair on wheels. I wonder how she managed to get him noosed up and upright for the culmination of party-going scene from the kitchen.
And yet, this is hollywood, so aside from being fairly rewarding, as it mirrors real time history and events. I give anyone who has ever been told they are "Just a girl", in a potentially threatening scene, props as the vengeful Hayley lets this story evolve. It didn't feel too staged up, but knowing how some real events often share that same staging or lack thereof, it was just a tad overdone on Hayley's part. "4 out of 5 doctors", we recall. Most likely not far from truth, but who put them there in the first place? So yes, the project did have some flaws, but overall it was a good payback film that, even though there are no guarantees in life, just in film, this little gem played out quite nicely. I was able to say the words before our young disciplinarian did, however. It was just a phrase which needed to be correct. You will have to watch this film, recommended only for mature adults, not kids, don't watch all through with hands cupped over small ears, you've been warned! Fit and fun in a not-too-LOL moments- for adults, and IMO, maybe even helped the healing somewhere, somehow. Well worth the watch, even if you CAN see it coming....
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Watch it until the end and think it through!
By J the A
Did not appreciate this movie until maybe 10 minutes after finishing the movies when I had time to process what happened. I feel like I need to see it again to see it with different eyes. Now that is why I gave it a high rating. I love movies that make you think and question how you think.
The acting was great love Ellen page and I love how they castes the attractive Patrick wilson making you create opposing emotions towards the character
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. See all 947 customer reviews...
A CURIOUS MOVIE TO WATCH
By Hee Chul Kwon
It was a strange film I thought during watching this film.
Ellen Page was so young and I was surprised at that when I saw her at the beginning. So was Patrick Wilson. Ellen looked like she is 13 -14. Patrick was like 30 tops.
The motif that Ellen Page did to Patrick was not enough I thought and that was the biggest problem. But then again, the director tried to cover that with the reason that she had multiple mental problem and I think that partly worked and partly didn't.
It's a very minimal film and more interesting part was I was neither side of the two charactor and that's how the film went. That was the unique about the film. Actually also that made me a little boring at the same time. Imagine that as an audience I cannot cheer any of the charactor during watching the movie. That might be really boring. Being 3rd person's POV is really not fun sometimes.
Anyway Ellen's switching from an innocent, vulnerable young child to a maniac pcycopath was smooth and Patrick, like always was doing his part well.
It was a curious movie to watch. But not a great one that earns five star. I think one of the reason is perhaps the director couldn't show a lot of torture and cut off shots. We have to imagine that all.
Because of this movie's success the director had a chance to make one of the TWILIGHT series anyway.
He made it.