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Eden (2013)



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Jamie Chung stars in a searing contemporary drama, based on the true story of a Korean-American teenager who is kidnapped from a bar in New Mexico and transformed into a sex slave in Las Vegas by a band of ruthless international thugs. Beau Bridges plays an avuncular federal marshal, a good ol' boy, who turns out to be one of the operation's masterminds while Matt O'Leary is equally repellent as the boss's wildly erratic, drug-addled right-hand man. But it's Chung who breathes life into a story that could have been reduced to violent, even pornographic sensationalism, if not told so compassionately from the victim's point of view. Human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year business, perpetrated throughout the world. EDEN gives a thoughtful, albeit mind-boggling perspective on how these crimes are sometimes committed in America within plain sight.
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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (10)

Cruelty, bloodletting and death are evident throughout (frequently occurring just outside the frame), and Griffith's laudable discretion actually intensifies their impact.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Seattle Times
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Griffiths lays bare a many-tentacled trafficking system sickening in its reach.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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A quite moving performance comes from Jamie Chung as Eden, repulsion sliding into fearful acceptance without the extinction of hope.

Full Review… | March 27, 2013
The New Republic
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Nearly every second is taken up with the horrors inflicted upon the heroine by the sorriest bunch of good ol' boy sadists since "Deliverance."

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
New York Post
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Griffiths and her screenwriter, Rick Phillips Jr., manage the tricky business of evoking the specific horrors of sex slavery without languishing in the lurid and graphic.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
AV Club
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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.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
Village Voice
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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.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

To cut to the chase, this is a really heavy movie. Oof. But I hard Jamie Chung was in it so I really wanted to watch it. Her performance alone in this movie is worth the watch. She's wonderful. The character changes quickly and drastically and she does it so well. Matt O'Leary also does a nice job as Vaughan, one of the higher ups at the organization. I was a little nervous going in with how brutal this movie was going to be, since some of these true story movies can get almost too graphic. Writer/Director Megan Griffiths takes the opposite route, and barely shows you anything, leaving the audience to imagine what these girls had to deal with. This, I think, is actually more affecting then showing six different brutal rape scenes. Overall, this is great. It's well acted, well paced, and leaves a haunting impression.

Jillian Leff
Jillian Leff

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.

Todd Smith
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