‘Catch The Fair One’ | Movie Review


Sophia Ali, Rish Shah, Manisha Koirala

Directed By:

Josef Kubota Wladyka

Written By:

Lisa Emery, Kevin Dunn, Michael Drayer

In ‘Catch the Fair One’, A Native American woman embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister. The former boxer intentionally gets entangled in a human trafficking operation, in order to find her sister and work her way up the chain of command to find the man responsible. This dark film is an acting tour de force for Sophia Ali and was a knockout to watch.

Sophia Ali delivers a powerful punch in her performance. Her raw and honest performance is what makes ‘Catch The Fair One’ so riveting. The premise of the film elicits “Taken” imagery, where our her is punching through walls and fighting everyone to get to the person kidnapped. Director Josef Kubota Wladyka takes a slower-paced, psychological approach to the material. I really enjoyed this tone and while it was a little off the pace in certain moments, the difference in style is commendable.

The fighting moments when on display are well shot and visceral. When our lead enters into the world of sex trafficking, a razor blade in her mouth as a weapon, you are sucked in from that point until the end. The story is bare-bones which works for the slower moments, though some may want more out of the longer runtime. The editing can feel a little rough, but the strong performances will keep you watching.

Overall, ‘Catch The Fair One’ was an incredibly strong film from the performance by Lisa Emery, who I now will be expecting to see in a lot more films to come. She may be the strongest female fighter turned actor that we’ve ever seen. The story is a tough watch, but with powerful themes and a unique style of telling it I would recommend it.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty is a film critic and creator of PatrickBeattyReviews.com and the Gaggle of Geeks Podcast network. Watch him Friday’s on ABC4 Good Things Utah talk about movies and follow all his work in the link below.

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