Here is the film trailer ……….

If I only had 3 words to describe this film the chosen ones would have to be : Disturbing, controversial and engrossing. I’d recommend that it shouldn’t be seen by anyone under the age of about 15  due to some of ‘adult’ aimed content.

The Plot

The story is based around the potential danger of internet chat rooms particularly for young people!  A mature fairly provocative, not so innocent 14-year-old Hayley Stark (Ellen Page probably most known for playing Juno) meets a charming 32-year-old photographer Jeff Kohvler (Patrick Wilson) online. The film starts straight away with a ‘point of view’ shot and we see a flirtatious ‘online chat ‘ conversation between them.

Soon afterwards Hayley agrees to meet up with him at “Nighthawks” coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him despite the large age gap and proposes to go to his house. Alarm bells start ringing to the viewer. Once there, Hayley makes them both cocktails after telling Jeff that she would not drink something that she did not mix herself. Hayley, who appears slightly intoxicated, suggests that Jeff take some photographs of her, similar to the ones of young girls displayed on the walls of his home. As Hayley dances and poses for the camera, Jeff begins to feel dizzy and disoriented eventually passing out.

He awakens tied to a chair after being drugged. Hayley states that she believes he is a paedophile and that she has been tracking him online. Things go from bad to worse as  she ties a noose around his neck and reveals that she has forged a fake suicide note. It is made clear that the suspected victim has had an action plan from the very start!!

Why watch it ?

There are only a few cast members as the story is heavily focused around the two main characters but I feel that this means that the plot is to the point and adds to the suspense.

One thing that I noticed which I found very interesting was that Hayley wears a red hoody throughout most of the film, not dis-similar to “Little Red Riding hood’ who was intended prey for the wolf in the fairy tale by “The Brothers Grimm” in the 1800’s.  A tagline on the Japanese site for the film reads “Red Hood traps the wolf in his own game”.

I’d really recommend this film, it’s a cracking thriller which makes you think constantly, even as it’s keeping you on the edge of your seat. It’s not always easy viewing, but Hard Candy is an intelligent, challenging film which deserves to be seen !!


2 thoughts on “Hard candy (2005) – A film review

  1. Oddly enough, if you watch the DVD with one of the audio commentaries on, you learn that the red hood was a COMPLETE coincidence. No one was thinking of “Little Red Riding Hood” at the time. Ellen Page said she just likes hoodies, and the one they had was red. That’s all there was to it.

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