The movie Hard Candy is getting some nice reviews. Roger Ebert gives it three-and-a-half stars, citing concerns about “how some audience members may react to it” as his only misgiving (and acknowledging that that’s not really fair). Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 63% fresh rating with critics torn between praising it’s boldness and criticising it for being either too bold or not bold enough.
Looking at the subject matter, it’s easy to see how people are having such diverse reactions to it. As Ebert describes it, “it’s a revenge picture about a 14-year-old girl who entraps a 32-year-old pedophile on the Internet, gets herself invited to his home, and quickly has him strapped down and helpless.” You’re gonna get some mixed responses to that.
I’m interested in seeing it, partially because its subject matter is similar to the short story The Devil Inside that I just so happen to be debuting at MicroCon this weekend, but mostly because it was directed by David Slade, the guy who’s directing the upcoming 30 Days of Night movie, based on Steve Niles’s graphic novel. (And a little bit because Sandra Oh is in it and she’s awesome.)