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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 07.17.19] scifi thriller fantasy

Alice Waddington directs Paradise Hills, a decidedly original looking take on an age old dystopian story. And while this feels sa harmless as a YA novel brought to life, it's hard to not be dazzled by how it's all brought to life in a way we haven't seen before.

Of course, take the above comment with a grain of salt coming from someone who wrote their own version of this kind of coming of age dystopian tale.

The film starring Emma Roberts and Milla Jovovich debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It also stars Jeremy Irvine, Arnaud Valois, and Eiza Gonzalez.

On an isolated island, Uma (Emma Roberts) wakes up to find herself at Paradise Hills, a facility where high-class families send their daughters to become perfect versions of themselves.

The facility is run by the mysterious Duchess (Milla Jovovich) where calibrated treatments including etiquette classes, vocal lessons, beauty treatments, gymnastics and restricted diets, revolve all physical and emotional shortcomings within two months. The outspoken Uma finds solace and friendship in other Paradise Hills residents -- Chloe (Danielle McDonald), Yu (Awkwafina) and Mexican popstar Amarna (Eiza Gonzalez).

Uma soon realizes that lurking behind all this beauty is a sinister secret. It's a race against the clock as Uma and her friends try to escape Paradise Hills before it consumes them all.

Paradise Hills Comes to Theaters & Digital November 1, 2019.

Check out the trailer below:

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