Fresh

I saw this film mentioned on Twitter and it was a good thing that I did because I never would have watched it because I have never heard of it before, and it was a wild ride.

This movie started off as if we were going to have a rom-com, with Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) trying, unsuccessfully, to have a date. She meets Steve (Sebastian Stan) at the grocery store and hits it off with him. He gets her number and they hook up. After a night of passion, Steve asked Noa to go away for the weekend. Trying to be more adventurous, she accepts. Noa tells her best friend Mollie (Jonica T. Gibbs) that she was going away and it was a surprise, which makes Mollie uneasy.

Steve took Noa to a nice place, gave her a glass of wine, drugged her and chained her up.

This was where we had the opening credits, which happened about a half hour into the film.

I’m not going to spoil the reveal of what Steve (which is an alias) has planned for Noa, or what he does at this nice place where he took her, because the surprise and utter shock is part of the fun of the film. Let’s just say that I never expected this film to be about this topic.

Sebastian Stan, who I am used to as our heroic Bucky Barnes in the MCU, takes a turn for the sinister in Fresh and he is really believable as the sudden antagonist. Daisy Edgar-Jones was a fresh face (ha, a pun!) who I had never see before. She has several TV credits according to IMDB in a bunch of series that I do not watch. She had a nice presence about her and I bought her totally in this role. She played things really smartly too, as a character, so I enjoyed her work. Jonica T. Gibbs brought some good work too while Dayo Okeniyi may have had the best line in the whole movie.

This was a lot of fun. I loved the sudden shift in the film, along with the opening credits midway through the movie. The performances were solid and the pay off was well worth it. Fresh was a great find.

4.2 stars

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