March 20, 2013
Studio: Phase 4 Films
Director: Megan Griffiths
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths
Starring: Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges, Matt O'Leary
Copyright Holder: N/A
Jamie Chung stars in a searing contemporary drama, based on the true story of a Korean-American teenager who is kidnapped from a bar in New Mexico and transformed into a sex slave in Las Vegas by a band of ruthless international thugs. Beau Bridges plays an avuncular federal marshal, a good ol' boy, who turns out to be one of the operation's masterminds while Matt O'Leary is equally repellent as the boss's wildly erratic, drug-addled right-hand man. But it's Chung who breathes life into a story that could have been reduced to violent, even pornographic sensationalism, if not told so compassionately from the victim's point of view. Human trafficking is a $32 billion-a-year business, perpetrated throughout the world. "Eden" gives a thoughtful, albeit mind-boggling perspective on how these crimes are sometimes committed in America within plain sight.