Wednesday, April 3, 2013
"Eden" opens a fascinating window into the world of human trafficking, showing how quickly and easily a smart New Mexico teenager named Hyun Jae (Jamie Chung) can be disappeared into a seemingly inescapable life of sex slavery.
Renamed Eden by Bob Gault, the creepily menacing federal marshal who runs the off-grid operation (Beau Bridges), she earns - over several years -the trust of Bob's lieutenant Vaughn (Matt O'Leary), an erratic ex-soldier who freebases cocaine constantly. The actors all perform creditably, and certain details carry the ring of truth, but "Eden" is let down by its slightly off dialogue and especially by its plot, which devolves into a series of far-fetched coincidences, wasted opportunities, and mystifying motivations. Ultimately, the film pulls its punches, ending on an incongruously optimistic note.