Based on a true story `Eden' is about a Korean American girl of nineteen who is abducted one night by a criminal gang and is forced into prostitution. They are aided by a corrupt policeman in the shape of Bob Gault played with the right amount of self righteous, brooding contempt by Beau Bridges. The abductee is Jamie Cheung (actually 30 years old) who had me convinced she was an innocent nineteen year old. The prison master and uber pimp Vaughan is played by an eerily threatening yet at the same time, vulnerable Matt O'Leary in a performance that is full of conviction.
The action takes place at a make shift prison in the desert where these girls are `farmed' out until they are of no use and then its game over. `Eden' is the `stage name' given to Cheung by her captors and she realises that her one avenue of escape and/ or survival is to gain the confidence of her gaolers and become, in all but name, one of them.
This is a surprisingly good film, despite the subject matter there is no gratuitous sex scenes or indeed nudity, it is mostly done off screen or in such a way as to let your imagination do the work, so this is not a soft porn film by any stretch of the imagination.
It is well acted and directed (Megan Griffiths) and tackles a dark and unsettling subject with a lot of care. There are a few plot holes (check out the IMDb page) and some of the on screen antics leave a few questions unanswered, however this is not a history lesson and I feel should be judged as a piece of filmatic entertainment and on that score it rates quite highly indeed.