Kaylee (Kali Reis) is a former champion boxer who has seen better days. She had to stop boxing due to an injury and is working as a waitress to make ends meet. She also has a lot on her mind, never really being able to get over the disappearance of her sister, Kaylee is desperate to know the truth and is willing to do anything to get there.
Then one day she hears about how she could get close to the men that made her sister disappear and soon finds herself in the middle of the sex trafficking ring that her sister fell into. In the search for her sister Kaylee is about to find out exactly what lengths she will to go to in order to save her sister.
Catch the Fair One is a crime drama written and directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka from a story by Kali Reis. A film particularly noteworthy, not only for the lead being a woman with Native American heritage, but because of Reis’ passion for bringing this story to the screen.
There is a temptation to compare Catch the Fair One to other films in this genre, particularly with Taken as it is seemingly the exact same plot. However, having a female lead and not a white male makes for a refreshing stand point.
Whereas other films, may be criticised for being all style and no substance, Catch the Fair One shows the depraved and realistic side of what women are subjected to when they are treated like objects. It also shows a nuance in the violence that Kaylee takes part in herself which has levels of regret and consequences. Nobody gets away clean without breaking a sweat in this one.
However, what starts out as something grittier and raw as Kaylee puts herself in the shoes of her sister and other victims like her, ends up becoming something more akin to the films it’s trying to diversify from. Kaylee is no one-woman-killing-machine, but the final act does have a fair amount of cliches.
Catch the Fair One is an often told story from a unique perspective, but despite a good lead performance, the plot becomes a little too formulaic.
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