Combustible Celluloid
 
With: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jonica T. Gibbs, Charlotte Le Bon, Dayo Okeniyi, Andrea Bang, Brett Dier
Written by: Lauryn Kahn
Directed by: Mimi Cave
MPAA Rating: R for strong and disturbing violent content, some bloody images, language throughout, some sexual content and brief graphic nudity
Running Time: 114
Date: 03/04/2022
IMDB

Fresh (2022)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Meat Cute

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Written by Lauryn Kahn and directed by Mimi Cave, this clever deconstruction of both romance and horror movies begins with a ghastly depiction of a terrible date before getting really grisly. Girl-next-door Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) has been trying and failing at online dating, when, during a late night grocery run, she meets the charming Steve (Sebastian Stan), who nervously asks for her number. Things go well for a while. What could go wrong? Well... Steve runs an operation in which he kidnaps women and sells their "meat" to wealthy cannibals, and Noa is his latest find. Fresh keeps going farther than we might expect it to, yet keeping a firm hold on its quasi-comic tone. It strikes a much-needed blow for female power, as well as one for strength in numbers. Jojo T. Gibbs co-stars as Noa's badass best friend Mollie.

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