A young Korean-American girl is abducted and forced into a prostitution ring. After failed escapes, she joins forces with her captors in a desperate plea to survive.
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Rotten: Once bodies start piling up to a generic indie-twang score and plot turns head south of ludicrous, Eden's goodwill dissipates.
- David Fear, Time Out New York, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Rotten: Nearly every second is taken up with the horrors inflicted upon the heroine by the sorriest bunch of good ol' boy sadists since "Deliverance."
- Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post, Friday, March 22, 2013
Fresh: Cruelty, bloodletting and death are evident throughout (frequently occurring just outside the frame), and Griffith's laudable discretion actually intensifies their impact.
- Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times, Thursday, May 2, 2013
EdenDirector: Megan GriffithsCast: Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges, Scott Mechlowicz, Matt O'LearyRated: RRunning Time: 96 MinutesThere're are few issues more rage inducing which exist today than the subject of human trafficking. Thousands of women and children stripped from their homes for a grim and unrelenting future of suffering by the hands of those who treat the abuse of their own kind as nothing more than a simple corporation; not unlike that of an accounting firm. It's disturbing, horrifying, and made all the more unsettling that it currently exists in the United States today. In terms of provoking a response from the audience, director Megan Griffiths is essentially pitched a narrative softball for her film. Eden is the true story of an Asian-American 19-year old who is abducted by a man impersonating a firefighter, and is taken by force into the stark and brutal life of sexual slavery. Adding to the outrage, this division of the trafficking organization isn't orchestrated by an ordinary criminal, but rather a local government official. This should be one of the most controversial, fury inducing features of the year. However, the film fails not because of ineptitude, but rather because it fails to provoke any emotion at all. For a film attempting to dissect one of the most disturbing criminal acts from a personal perspective, this is one of the most surprisingly generic films of the year.It'd be simple to completely dismiss the film, but it's difficult to determine where the origins of this lack of originality and emotional power lie. Jamie Chung gives a subtly compelling performance as the passive aggressive catch of the traffickers, as does Grace Arends as a fellow captive. Beau Bridges is enjoyably evil as the leader of the organization, and Scott Mechlowicz is fine as the gleefully profane meth-addicted employee in charge of delivering the girls to their appointments. Throw in some unique direction from Griffiths, a solid screenplay from Rick Phillips Jr., and compliment it with the stirring subject matter. Continuing the cookbook theme of this paragraph, it's as if the producers threw a dozen hot peppers into a pot, and then inexplicably came out with oatmeal. This is a movie that cannot provoke an emotional response, but the biggest question involves figuring out why.Eden is a difficult film to discuss, because while its perfectly competent by its own merits, it fails to deliver the type of empathetic assault seemingly guaranteed by the subject matter. This isn't an example of expectations clashing with reality: It's a feature which needs to have emotion sorely lacking it. I'd almost wish the film provoked an incredibly negative response just so that it provoked any response at all. When dealing with human trafficking, indifference is far worse than hatred.
- thepersonwhowatchesmovies, Friday, October 25, 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.
- Tss807, Sunday, October 6, 2013