Sunday, December 2, 2018

Skin In The Game Movie Review(2018 Whistler Film Festival)

Skin In The Game tackles the tough and unforgiving world of sex trafficking. 

"According to a September 2017 report from the International Labor Organization (ILO) and Walk Free Foundation: 

An estimated 24.9 million victims are trapped in modern-day slavery. Of these, 16 million (64%) were exploited for labor, 4.8 million (19%) were sexually exploited, and 4.1 million (17%) were exploited in state-imposed forced labor." *(from Human Rights First website) 

Synopsis: Abducted off the sidewalk of suburban America, fifteen-year-old Dani (Sammi Hanratty) finds herself submerged in a horrific human trafficking ring run by Eve (AngĂ©lica Celaya). With no initial assistance from the police, Dani's mother (Elisabeth Harnois) and an ex-prostitute (Erica Ash) take to the streets in an effort to find her before it is too late. First time director Adisa takes viewers on an intense journey of a horrific underground world and introduces us to characters from both sides of the street, some who survive… and others who are not so lucky.

This is not an easy film to watch just based on what the subject matter is , that being said it is done quite well at the same time. 

Dani(Sammi Hanratty) does a great job in not only having the fear in her performance ,but also the determination to not remain a victim.

Danni's mother Sharon(Elizabeth Harnois(CSI)-above left )helps  her old acquaintance Lena(Erica Ash-(Scary Movie 5) locating her daughter and bringing her home.

Of course things are not as easy as they may seem, there are certain consequences for trying to get out of the game , some fatal. Even for those that try and help someone get out of the life the risk is extremely high. 

The story is something we have seen before but it is the performances that keeps you interested here. The directing is quite strong for a first time feature film.

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau


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