February 20, 2013
To me, films like this are the true definition of horror, because they really happened. Anyone can look up the graphic details on Wikipedia and see that not only did it happen here, but it happened fairly recently. Hyun-Jae was just a typical California teenager, who went out to party one night. She met a man, left with him, and quickly learned he wasn't what he appeared to be. Hyun-Jae is sold into prostitution and has no other choice, but to be a sex slave for the next three years. The film was very well done, in that it didn't go over the top. Abduction of Eden showed us, what we needed to see, in order to understand and be shocked by what happened, but it didn't go so far as to desensitize us to the story. Jamie Chung, A.K.A. Stu's wife from the Hangover, stars as Hyun Jae, and her performance was really key to how the audience would react to what was happening. Equally as good, was the jailer, Matthew O'Leary. It took me a while to recognize his as the kid from Domestic Disturbance and Spy Kids 2, and it was shocking to see how quickly he grew up. He was this horrible guy, doing terrible things, but there was a part of you that saw him as trapped as the girls were and you couldn't help but feel sorry for him. The cast makes the film, it's as simple as that. Abduction of Eden was a story that was fast moving and somewhat graphic, but ultimately predictable. Films like this one could go either way, it all comes down to just what they show and who they cast, and the producers of this film did an outstanding job of both.
December 25, 2014
I would say I was rather terrified and feel terrible by watching these douche-bags taking the hell up on this prostitution business. I mean I was tired the whole time watching the weak protagonist struggles as she takes how to survive in this hell hole organization as a kidnapped victim of a human trafficking syndicate. Jamie Chung as Eden and MATT O'LEARY as Vaughn is doing their best performance as they are great in this film. The execution is not bad though it almost have a twist that will make you hate the whole plot of the story. Not bad for a true story and definitely a nail bitter as scenes goes darker and brutal. You would know revenge will come sooner or later. 4 out of 5 stars.
August 10, 2014
great game of the camera and actors. Really!
July 5, 2014
4 Stars, solid performance from Jamie Chung, very very good indeed.
another successful movie from Writer/Director Megan Griffiths. Not my type of movie but still I liked it.
Again 4 Stars! Cheers!
June 24, 2014
Eden is a well acted, if a bit by the numbers thriller that is disturbing without going overboard on violence and leaves enough to the imagination to be effective. I was surprised by how much of a solid narrative there was in Eden, and how compelling it was, and I also found the characters quite interesting and well written. The music is a bit cheesy and overall the story is a bit familiar, but I actually quite liked Eden.
June 8, 2014
I really enjoyed this film
May 9, 2014
Eden is a purportedly true account of events that took place in the American Southwest a few decades ago that are taken from the memories of a young Korean-American woman who escaped the sex slave industry while working in Las Vegas by out-smarting a captor and fleeing to safety. This was a reportedly huge and powerful ring that spanned the borders of several states and even had some local government officials making money off of the trade. Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch) stars as Eden who is based upon Chong Kim, the real-life escapee who has inexplicably faced some harsh criticism after coming forward (!) and sharing her ordeal. Slut-shaming a woman who has been trafficked for sex reminds the world that decency is dying and that human idiocy knows no bounds. None of this later treatment of Kim/Eden is found in the movie, though, as it instead focuses upon young Eden being tricked one night into having some fun and instead quickly finding herself in the middle of a nightmare. Eden's intelligence and knack for numbers benefited her as one of her low-level captors, Vaughn (Matt O'Leary - Brick), used her as his "right-hand" in the business. Eden stays alive by doing as she is told and sometimes by turning a blind eye as she had to fight to stay alive within the ring and prove her worth when her age of 17 was deemed too detrimental as most clients would find her to be too old (I stifled vomit here too). It is hard to criticize a film like Eden even though there are better films -- harrowing, horrifying, haunting ones -- on this subject out there. Eden slyly reminds audiences that trafficking can happen anywhere and traffickers fit no one stereotype. Sick, depraved individuals will do almost anything to get a piece of the $32 billion a year trafficking industry.
May 3, 2014
Grueling tale of a victim of human sex trafficking. The youth of the victims is shocking. Good performances by Beau Bridges and Jamie Chung.
April 21, 2014
Moving and awesome performances!
April 10, 2014
It may have been based on a true-story, Eden is became even better with its creative writings. Simple yet elegant. It will make anyone think of it even after the movie is done and how the main character managed everything around her to go on however she likes, eventually getting what she wants. This movie is worth a watch.
February 18, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Co-written and directed by Megan Griffiths starring Jamie Chung as South Korean American Hyun Jae, but is given the name "Eden" by her abductors- hence the title. Based on a book written by Chong-Kim called "Chong Kim: A Trafficking Survivor's Dramatic Story" which the set up has Eden getting abducted while drinking at a local bar in New Mexico, and the next thing you know the movie then dwells on the details of torture tactics inflicted by her abductors for the rest of the film, as well as to many other abducted young women, particularly from a junkie named Vaughan(Matt O'Leary). Watching this movie is like watching a 'Japanese torture movie' since it can be graphic. You can think of the worst kind of scenario to be inflicted to these women and believe me, it's either shown or implied here. It's like the 'holocaust' and slavery coming back to life all over again which the women are treated as less than human. The reason why I wasn't impressed because despite all of these despicable acts, the movie doesn't offer any satisfying closure, nor any resolution in regarding her captors. I mean, do we have to 'Google' this kind of information when the makers can tell us here. All this means is that some of the events may have been altered to keep viewers glued, for viewers are kept in the dark, asking the question whether or not this human trafficking ring was ever linked to the top. And the answer to that, is viewers are going to have to find that kind of information for ourselves, since the movie won't tell us here. And veteran actor Beau Bridges also stars as corrupt Sheriff Bob Gault. Viewers can always get to see the atrocities of movies all the time - it's easy to show this, but for some reason it's much harder to see them get punish for committing these crimes in the first place.
2 out of 4 stars
January 31, 2014
2012 South by Southwest Film Festival won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature, Special Jury Recognition for Best Actress, Jamie Chung, and the award for Emergent Narrative Female Director, Megan Griffiths.
won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress, Jamie Chung and the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision;
Seattle Reel NW Award at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival.
won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2012 San Diego Asian Film Festival
January 3, 2014
based on true story movie about Human trafficking in U.S at 90`s. brought us new knowledge about this issue deeply through one true story of South Korea girl. the movie tittled taken from her prostitution nick name, "Eden" is the nickname, as we know every prostitution never using their real name. good, interesting idea and inspirational movie. the moral intends to stop and prevent the issue. the execution didn`t exceed the boundary of the sensitive issue. give us enough scene of violation and nothing with vulgar picture. bravo!
December 10, 2013
One line summary: Human trafficking victim attempts to escape life of crime and prostitution.
Film opens to rap music played with a black screen. Not a good start. Hyun Jae is tied up with her mouth duct-taped in the truck of the kidnapper who plays the rap music. It is clear that this is not going to go well for Jae.
Then we backtrack to one day earlier to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1994. Hyun-Jae, teen daughter of Korean immigrants who own 'Gifts and Taxonomy.' Jae let herself be vulnerable: smoking, getting a false ID, going drinking while out against her parents wishes. Picking up men in bars turns out to be a very bad idea. The fireman who sends over two whiskeys to Jae and her friend turns out to be part of the machinery in finding and kidnapping at risk young teen-aged virgins. Also, he has many badges, not just a fireman's. He stops, talks to a comrade, then they take her. The comrade drives her to Arizona. He dumps her in a ravine at a man's ranch.
Bob Gault is part of law enforcement, but he also works with the kidnappers. They had left a transmitter on Jae's ankle, and Bob zeroed in on that. After making sure there were no witnesses, Bob kills the deputy the man had called, then the man. Bob takes Jae to the next part of the pipeline. She wakes up in a clinic; she's drugged and the old woman there removes her metal braces. When Jae wakes next, she's with other young women, all scantily clad in a make-shift barracks. Bob has each young woman pick out a kitten to centre their attentions. Then he turns to Jae. He has intercepted the missing persons report that her father had filled out. He makes it clear that nothing is going to come of it.
Bob renames her Eden from "Eden's Garden," the trailer park where her parents live. He makes it clear that she will be a prostitute, and that she is expected to bathe in the morning, in the evening, and after sexual congress. Bob reminds her that he knows where her parents live, that he's part of law enforcement, and he will cause trouble for the parents if she gets out of line. End of setup, 22 minutes in.
Eden attempts to escape early on, but is severely disciplined. She bides her time for a year, then attempts to gain Vaughan's confidence. That starts to go well, but Vaughan does his best to make her a fellow drug addict. He also teachers her to man the telephones, and to drive a truck. At one of the seminars that Bob gives, he is approached by an investigators for the two murders he committed when picking up Jae.
Will her new approach work? Will Vaughan's drug use hurt her chances? Will Bob or Vaughan be exposed for their criminal activity?
Cinematography: 10/10 Fine.
Sound: 10/10 No problems.
Acting: 8/10 Quite good. Beau Bridges is excellent as the equally affable and menacing Bob. Matt O'Leary was a bit off. Jamie Chung's performance was solid.
Screenplay: 8/10 Definitely an engaging story, and quite a scary one.
September 29, 2013
Brilliant film with a feel good ending.
August 8, 2013
Megan Griffiths is a director to watch for. She follows up THE OFF HOURS with another solid, but very different, character drama. This time braving the waters of the "Issue Movie" and coming out with a deft navigation of a difficult topic which is affecting, enlightening, frightening, and moving without driving the audience away with a brutal show of the all too real horrors of human trafficking and sex slavery. There's still brutality and horror aplenty, but Griffiths dwells mostly on the effects rather than the acts. There are a few instances where a performance or a scene isn't 100% on target - but very few. More light toe-stubs than stumbles in an overall well-made movie.
July 7, 2013
The real story of this girl is heartbreaking, it makes you want to join an anti- sex trafficking organization on the spot. The movie manages to soften the horror of the situation with calm and soft suspense, which makes it easier to watch, compared to a documentary on the same subject.
July 1, 2013
Incredible film, yet so hard to watch. More needs to be done to stop sex trafficking.
March 22, 2013
A few moments harp on the sentimental, but overall, this is a powerful addition to the small collection of films dedicated to spreading awareness of this horrific crime.
June 27, 2013
it was a really good movie, but it could have had a better ending. Just saying.