I am doing a review on the movie “Eden” starring Jamie Chung. I watched the movie at the 2013 Cinequest film festival. I watched it because it had an actress I have heard of.
Eden is a Korean-American female who is abducted and forced into prostitution with other young adults her age along with some teens by an organization headed by a cop. Eden is unable to escape due to the cop blackmailing her into staying due to having information on her family and couldn’t risk their safety. Over two years, she struggles to get out of that lifestyle with her skills, schemes, and patience.
This movie triggered some emotions I rarely feel during a movie. It was a powerful enough movie to cause a lot of tears from me especially after finding out that it was based on a true story. Things that make me feel uncomfortable include rape, prostitution knowing that there’s no way out, and treating women like objects. Yes, it was that powerful for me.
A movie about prostitution with no nudity and any legitimate sex with taste would be hard to film and the crew was able to execute it.
It’s not a film I recommend watching for fun considering the story.
I watched this movie at Cinequest in 2013 not knowing what to expect like pretty much all the movies during the festival. I learned why it warranted the gigantic California Theater.
Although, it was painful to watch throughout the movie, it made me feel good knowing that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.
It also reminded me that women are people too. They are not objects used to help profit one with sexual acts. They have feelings and families too.
Overall rating: 4/5
Reviewed by: Mr. Timtastic