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"Sold" is maudlin in a way that makes its audience, paradoxically, feel good, albeit superficially. A story of human trafficking should move us on a deeper, more uncomfortable level.
All of this is uncomfortable to watch. Then again, given the subject matter, it should be.
[Brown] does his best to suggest the lighter side of the subject, especially in a furiously choreographed Bollywood number that captures the heroine's rare moments of joy.
"Sold" is colorful and visually pleasing, although there is nothing surprising in the rather predictable story. But then again, it was likely not Brown's intent to supply endless twists and turns.
Important story, subpar execution.
The film gives us a vibrant, tangible sense of place, the color and dust of a crowded ancient city, and the layers of secrecy and corruption under which Lakshmi and those like her are trapped.
Sold isn't cheap or shoddy and the relationships between the captives is affecting, but it's impossible to shake the feeling that it would make more sense in a lecture hall than in a theater.
The film has a worthy message, but doesn't present its brave young heroine's story compellingly.
Brown makes it clear that what happened to Lakshmi is not her fault - and more importantly, she's never passive, taking her fate into her own hands.
Horror of Human Trafficking.
This earnest low-budget drama reinforces a worthwhile message about global sex trafficking, but it's more admirable for its effort than its execution.
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