Hard Candy is a claustrophobic thriller. First-time director David Slade is on dangerous ground with controversial subject matter but does a superb job of bringing together an excellent script, crisp cinematography, and an awe-inspiring performance by a young Ellen Page.
Confounding the conventional relationship between abuser and victim, Hard Candy presents a complex morality tale under the guise of an exploitation thriller. Your sympathies will be divided between two intimately bound characters but, in the end, there can be only one winner. Or can there?!
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: Hard Candy
Direction: David Slade
Screenplay: Brian Nelson
Cinematography: Jo Willems
Editing: Art Jones
Score: Harry Escott, Molly Nyman
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Gilbert John, Odessa Rae