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An American Crime

This is another difficult to watch Ellen Page film (the other being Hard Candy). I haven’t even seen Juno yet and I know that this girl is going to be around for awhile.

The story is based on a true story about a girl in the 60s who is locked up in the basement by her caregiver and is brutally tortured by the woman and her children and others in the neighborhood. I knew the story ahead of time and thus knew the movie would be pretty unsettling and it really was. It has a very haunting perspective without pulling any cheap shots.

An American Crime is definitely worth watching and if I ever find the DVD I’ll snap it up.

Hard Candy

I read about this movie and forgot about it again until it turned up on a list of the most uncomfortable movie to watch so that it, I had to watch it. It is indeed a very very uncomfortable movie. It’s about a young girl played by Ellen Page (Juno and the Trailer Park Boys of course) who hooks up with this older guy she met on the internet. It starts out pretty straight forward and you expect it to go the way of the typical Degrassi episode but things pick up and get very very twisted and torturous. This isn’t Lolita either. I hate reviews that give away the movie so all I’ll say is that Ellen Page really kicks ass in this flick.

The Verdict:
If you’re at all squeamish, you might not make it to the end of this movie but if you can handle a little torture involving human genitalia, this one’s a must see. I went in with an idea of what happens but it turned out I had no idea. It’s not another Hostel either.
This is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a very long time.