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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 [UK]
"Griffiths lays bare a many-tentacled trafficking system sickening in its reach."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"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
"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
"[An] excruciating vision of under-age women conscripted into sexual slavery by a criminal enterprise from which there is seemingly no escape."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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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