Claustrophobic and brightly coloured, this tightly wound psychological thriller is constantly pulling the rug out from under the viewer, mostly due to the tense, explosive performances of its two main characters. The tale opens with a coffee shop rendezvous between 14-year-old Haley (the fantastic Ellen Page) and 32-year-old fashion photographer Jeff (Patrick Wilson), who have previously met only online in a chat room. Despite his questionable enthusiasm at meeting a girl half his age, Jeff comes off as slightly awkward and shy; rather, it’s Haley who is unnervingly forthright in her flirtation. She suggests that they go back to his place, he complies, and, once there, Haley seductively convinces him to take pictures of her. She exhibits a beguiling mixture of innocence and precocious sexuality, but before anything happens between them, Jeff passes out under the influence of the drugs she’s slipped him. When he wakes up, Haley drops her innocent demeanor and begins to undertake a meticulously planned game of retribution against her captive pedophile. She hacks into his computer and ransacks his house while he watches helplessly, and she ultimately raises the ante with a surgical procedure sure to make audiences squirm. The exact nature of Jeff’s guilt remains nebulous, however, creating an intriguing uncertainty surrounding Haley’s own mental state, and just how psychotic she might be. Expectations are continuously thwarted as the two characters—neither of whom is terribly sympathetic—enact a psychological and physical game of cat and mouse that is as fascinating to watch as a train wreck.
David Aldrin Slade (born 26 September 1968) is a British film director. His works include the films Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Slade is also a director for television, directing episodes for Breaking Bad and Awake. Before he was a film director, Slade was a director of commercials and music videos.
Life and career
His first feature film, Hard Candy, was released in 2005 by Lions Gate Entertainment, who purchased the independent movie at the Sundance Film Festival. He went on to direct the vampire movie 30 Days of Night in 2007. Slade directed The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight film series.
Future projects Slade is lined up to direct include directing a reboot to the Marvel Comics character Daredevil, and an adaptation of Ed Brubaker’s Coward, a storyline in Brubaker’s Criminal comic series.
In a twitter post, Slade listed his favourite films as Performance, Wings of Desire, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A… read more
Com uma estética televisiva e de videoclip, um pseudo-thriller que entrega tudo aquilo que o público requere, não vai mais além, não explora o personagem dele, do ponto de vista de um assunto ainda algo tabu, complexo e pouco compreendido no seio do sociedade (ainda que hediondo, obviamente) deixando-se ficar por uma narrativa simples sobre vingança, sem mesmo intencionar referir a questão da justiça social.