Director; Mimi Cave. Starring; Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jojo T. Gibbs. Rated R. Color. 114 Minutes.
Not much I can say in this review as this is a film that must be experienced on your own terms. The saying “SPOILER ALERT” is something I hate because nine times out of ten it means the movie is cheap. Not here. “Fresh” comes off initially as a sweet boy meets girl rom-com. Then it goes wayyyyy off the rails. Just when you think the twist has been revealed, “Fresh” spins its shocking plot on its own head over and over again.
Daisy Edgar-Jones plays Noa, a young woman doing her best to survive the new age of dating with tinder apparently being your best option to find love. Her friends try to encourage her to get out there and meet cute guys. One day during a banal grocery store visit, Noa runs into Steve (Sebastian Stan) in the produce section. Steve is attractive and clumsily charming. There is an attraction towards him that Noa has been looking for. This does not feel like the dating apps shoving romance down your throat.
And from that moment on, get ready for surprises you cannot call. The obvious guess is this film deals with human trafficking of young women. Without giving too much away, it kind of is about that touchy subject. Just not exactly how you would normally picture such a situation.
“Fresh” is not for the squeamish both physically and mentally. It is a social commentary with modern dating being the root of its plot. Sebastian Stan stands out in a lunatic turn as the villain. Or is he? Moral lines are blurred in “Fresh”. Enjoy the delightful first 30 minutes of this movie. After that, prepare to have nightmares when you go to sleep.
SUCK FACTOR: 2 out of 7 (7 Means Your Movie Really SUCKS!)
The SUCK FACTOR! How it works. We’ve flipped the script on the standard rating system. If you make a classic ala “The Godfather”, your film receives 0 SUCKS! If you make total garbage, such as a Michael Bay movie, you receive an imperfect 7 out of 7, meaning your movie really SUCKS!