Eden review

A horrific true story becomes a by-the-numbers thriller

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Though it's based on a horrific true story and frequently erupts into graphic violence, there’s a fatal lack of punch – and subtlety – to this kidnap thriller.

Logic also takes a backseat as Eden (Jamie Chung) is abducted and forced into the sex industry by insidious slave driver Bob Gault (Beau Bridges).

When she earns the favour of Bob’s second-in-command, Vaughan (Matt O’Leary), Eden may have found a way out.

Rather than drill into her troubled psyche, though, director Megan Griffiths wastes a great villain and settles for easy answers in a watchable but by-numbers thriller.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.