With dating primarily moving online, a new fear has been unlocked: who are you actually talking to? The profile we make of ourselves is what we want to project into the world, and it's easy to hide the parts of us we don't want to reveal. Meeting someone in real life is becoming a rarity - making it so much more exciting, but that fear of who the person actually is still remains.
Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones, TV's 'Normal People' and 'War of the Worlds') is done with online dating; the men she keeps getting messages from are bland, and after one last awful date, she is done. After talking to her friend Millie (Jonica. T.Gibbs, TV's 'Good Trouble', 'Twenties') who tells her to just be herself and loosen up, she goes back into the world with a new outlook. This couldn't come at a better time as she runs into Steve (Sebastian Stan, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', 'I, Tonya') at a grocery store - he seems different, a good kind of different. They fall in love fast, quickly agreeing to go on vacation together, but things are too good to be true as Steve's true intentions begin to show.
'Fresh' is a juicy physiological thriller constructed of equal parts funny and messed up. It's so incredibly dark and twisted but has this uncomfortable lightness to it that draws you in, only to immediately freak you out again. This is one of those films where it's best to go in as blind as possible - the less you know, the creepier it is.
Sir Sebastian Stan, looking as delicious as ever, is absolutely stellar here, delivering a career-best performance hot off the heels of 'Pam & Tommy'. His charm draws you into a truly terrifying performance. Daisy Edgar-Jones is also incredibly charming; she is extremely likeable, and you instantly connect with her.
'Fresh' is a juicy physiological thriller constructed of equal parts funny and messed up. It's so incredibly dark and twisted but has this uncomfortable lightness to it that draws you in, only to immediately freak you out again.
The film has an R18+ rating here in Australia, which is somewhat of a challenge to understand. While the film is gory, it's the themes more so that earn it the rating. Do have a vomit bag handy if you are fainthearted, but it was a little surprising how restrained it is with its gore.
'Fresh' is a delightfully raw, succulent thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from the get-go. Sebastian Stan draws you in so slowly and masterfully, and the tension doesn't leave from the second the twist is dropped. 'Fresh' is a new standard in the phycological thriller genre.