Movie Review-Jailbait

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Review-If Jared Cohn made a Lifetime Channel film that was distributed by The Asylum, I feel this is how it would turn out. Now before you assume that is a negative and the guys are going to groan and think this is some female empowerment feel good to be alive film, let me just say this is not that kind of Lifetime movie. Cohn’s resume is all about unpredictable decisions. We went from 12/12/12 to Hold Your Breath, where people assume the man is knees deep in horror. Then, he gave us his mock-buster Atlantic Rim that tried to show another layer to his personality and I felt that was not a good outing for him. Now, that being said he went into a totally different direction with Jailbait that shows people he is ready for people to take him seriously. Let’s be honest, if this film was put out by Warner or one of those conglomerates and had someone like Jennifer Lawrence playing the title role there would be Oscar talk and would put all above on new levels. But since this is The Asylum and the lead actress playing the role is an indie name like Sara Malakul Lane that this film will come out and then after a week it is just going to disappear. That is a crime for this film. The film opens with a young lady named Anna Nix. We watch in the opening seconds as she plays her cello and her stepfather watches on. You would think at first looking at the picture something does seem off and within seconds you realize what it is. Her stepfather is abusive mentally, physically and sexually. Anna fights off his advances and she accidentally kills him. In court, her mother sides with her deceased husband and Anna is guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter. Anna goes to prison and being a newbie in jail is not fun. At first, she wants to be left alone but the rival girl gangs all seem to have it out for her. When she tries to side with one, it leads her to a trail of drugs. She as most users, gets addicted to hardcore drugs but that is only the start of her hell descent. Soon, the Warden takes a liking to her and she becomes almost like a sex slave to him and his perverted desires. The positives are: this film is not afraid to test the waters and take scenes too far. This film depicts rape as the evil sleazy crime it is. It does not glamourize it or makes the actress look like some dope just sitting there posing. The film has some intense fight scenes that were beautifully shot and passionately done. It depicts drug abuse as a hell, not some safe haven to escape to. I loved the descent of Anna, to watch her have to lower herself to the surroundings she faces. The lesbian scenes were very hardcore even for The Asylum. Jared Cohn has this knack that if you saw 12/12/12 you know he knows where the line is between offensive and just plain out never to be shot for camera, and he does not care. The negatives and there are some: I hated the last 10 minutes. I felt it tried to tie up all the loose ends and end in a happy rainbow way, and it sort of killed the impact of the build. A story like this should never have an empowering or Hollywood ending. This film should have just kept going on the trail it paved and have a real hard punch to the teeth. I hated the Cello scenes, you can they were fake. There were some moments in this film that did get a little sad, but I felt that this film tried to keep a balance that were done in other films, and I felt it should have tried to think outside of the other women in prison films. Let’s be honest, this film should be seen. All the ladies involved gave some very good performances and if there was justice people like Sara, Erin and Jennifer among many others, should get some very good roles out of this. All involved should be proud, this is such a must see film despite its few negatives. This film is a Lifetime Movie on Crack that would make any red-blooded male smile. I would say Jared Cohn has arrived, but fuck the man has been here for a while putting out some good films.

8.5 out of 10