Set in 1994 and based on a true story, Megan Griffith's Eden is a fresh and invigorating take on the world of sex trafficking. Former 'Real World' contestant Jamie Chung leads a stellar cast as they dive knee deep into a storyline that is both haunting and satisfying.
After scoring a fake ID and visiting a bar in her small New Mexico town, Hyun Jae fell hard for a handsome young man who was posing as a firefighter. But the exciting night turned deadly as she was abducted and taken to Las Vegas where she was imprisoned as a sex slave for over two years. In an attempt to save her own life, Hyun quickly discovered the political aspects of her captors, carving out power and influence as she planned for an escape that seemed impossible to pull off.
Full of high energy, pulse-pounding adrenaline, and tense action, Eden is the film that we all go to festivals hoping to discover. Shot for a minimal budget, the story never suffers, coming across as raw and authentic, yet still professionally captured. The pace is fluid throughout as we watch one young woman transform herself for the sake of her life. And though I was a bit frustrated with the final result, I have to remember that when it comes to true life, the hows and whys aren't always readily available.