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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"Cruelty, bloodletting and death are evident throughout (frequently occurring just outside the frame), and Griffith's laudable discretion actually intensifies their impact."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Nearly every second is taken up with the horrors inflicted upon the heroine by the sorriest bunch of good ol' boy sadists since "Deliverance.""
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Jamie Chung gives a reserved, watchful performance, but the true surprise is perpetual nice guy Beau Bridges in a nasty turn as the head trafficker."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"Griffiths handles the exploitation with care, hinting at what goes on rather than rubbing our faces in it."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"I would have liked to know more about the criminal setup, though leaving it unexplained gives it a greater tang of evil: a very strong performance from Chung."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Griffiths lays bare a many-tentacled trafficking system sickening in its reach."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Griffiths and her screenwriter, Rick Phillips Jr., manage the tricky business of evoking the specific horrors of sex slavery without languishing in the lurid and graphic."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Eden surprises by managing to paint a vivid and disturbing picture of the trafficking experience within the context of a conventional thriller."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"It's based on the experiences of a real life Korean woman, Chong Kim, but you can just tell that many of the facts have been massaged."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Engaging, sharply focussed and pointedly non-exploitative sex trafficking drama with a strong script, assured direction and a terrific central performance from Jamie Chung."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A quite moving performance comes from Jamie Chung as Eden, repulsion sliding into fearful acceptance without the extinction of hope."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A few moments harp on the sentimental, but overall, this is a powerful addition to the small collection of films dedicated to spreading awareness of this horrific crime."
‑ Stephanie Carrie, Village Voice
"It's chilling, convincing, matter-of-fact realism."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Harrowing true events are dramatised with surprising restraint in the low-key Eden."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Props to Griffiths for proving that it only takes a very slight shift in tone and focus to give a gory old bike a set of shiny new wheels."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
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