Welcome to the latest edition of 24 Frames. Sahara Shrestha and Andrew Jamieson will be guiding you through the exciting, confusing and often brilliant world of 'film'. Expect news, trailers and plenty of opinion.

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24 Frames: The 'Independent Film Review' Edition

Today I'll be reviewing two forthcoming releases that you may have missed at the movie theatre, The Jamie Chong starring Eden (2013) and the Ernesto Diaz helmed Bring Me The Head of The Machine Gun Woman (2013). Both movies had a limited run at the cinema but I believe they deserve to find an audience at home.

  • Jamie Chung in Eden

This year I watched the massively underrated Premium Rush (2012) starring Joseph Gordon Levitt, and Michael Shannon, the movie was an exciting popcorn movie with a political subplot and an exciting conclusion. The movie starred Jamie Chung in a supporting role and it is Chung that headlines this movie: Eden.

The picture is based on the true story of Chong Kim a young woman, who was trafficked and sold into sex slavery in 1995. The true story that the movie is based on is horrifying and is highlighted by Kim in her book Not In My Town in which she draws attention to the slave trade she was forced in to in North Texas. This story is about the exploitation of women and the power of monetary desire over the universality of human truth, respect and compassion. What is well realised in the movie is the fundamentally disturbing revelation that there is an underbelly in western society that is part of a global criminal enterprise.

The film highlights the dehumanisation and sexual commodification of women into sex objects there to be raped, sold and tortured by a pyramid of patriarchy that is putrid and disgusting. The movie highlights these human rights issues well and is akin to the Rachel Weisz thriller The Whistleblower (2010) which was also based on the true story of a UN security worker who unmasked a prostitution and people trafficking ring in post-war Bosnia. That film featured a superb central performance from Weisz and slipped under the radar.

If I have one criticism of Eden it is that it keeps the audience on the periphery when viewing these horrifying events in a way that The Whistleblower didn't. I understand that this is to avoid seeming to be exploitative or leery however movies like this should be horrifying so that we as the audience are not just voyeurs and we realise we can help to stop these disgusting practices at home and abroad. The film is worth seeing as movies such as this can only promote a more altruistic world.

Rating: 7/10


  • Fernanda Urrejola in Bring Me the Head of The Machine Gun Woman

On a far lighter note is Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman, if anything this is the movie that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez wanted to make with their 'Grindhouse' features Death Proof and Planet Terror in 2007.

This Spanish language movie is a fun and derivative romp centred around a young DJ and video game fanatic who is brought into a mafia led plot to capture a female bounty hunter called 'The Machine Gun Woman' played by Fernanda Urrejola. This is exploitation cinema at its best. The movie has a great soundtrack and while at times it is slightly leery, the ending has a distinct feminist undertow. I also enjoyed its video game like presentation and the film had a surprisingly sensual and intimate romantic subplot that, while rooted in the B movie aesthetic of the movie, is still very well played. The movie also occasionally elevates itself beyond the tropes of its origins and for that it should be lauded.

Rating: 7.5/10

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Eden is released on DVD and Blu Ray in the UK on 9th September 2013.

Bring Me The Head of The Machine Gun Woman opens in selected UK cinemas on 27th September and is released on DVD & Blu Ray on Monday 7th October 2013. Both releases are courtesy of Clear Vision.