Friday, September 27, 2019

Movie Review: "Doing Money" (2019)

Director: Lynsey Miller
Year: 2019
Rating: NR
Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

A Romanian immigrant is abducted off the streets of London and is forced to become a sex slave for an illegal prostitution ring.

Ana (Anca Dumitra) is kidnapped off the streets of London and shoved into a car by two men (Sergiu Costache and Alec Secareanu) in movie still for the BBC TV films Doing Money
"Don't think so much about escaping. Think about surviving." (Image Source)
"Doing Money" is based on a true story about a woman named Ana (Anca Dumitra), a Romanian immigrant to England who cleans houses while studying to become a nurse. One day, out of nowhere, she gets abducted off the streets of London by two men who traffick her to Ireland where she is sold into sex slavery and is prostituted against her will by pimps who are members of an organized crime ring. This crucial, urgent BBC movie is directed by Lynsey Miller and is written by Gwyneth Hughes, who have each worked on many different TV series throughout their careers.
Movie still for Lynsey Miller's 2019 true crime drama Doing Money, starring Karen Hassan and Allen Leech as police detectives
"It's not like it is in the movies." (Image Source)
Director Lynsey Miller's crime drama "Doing Money" is exceedingly difficult to watch given its subject matter. It is not the kind of film that will allow people to have a casual, entertaining evening watch. It wasn't created for a laugh, or a lark, or to be an easy viewing experience. Its purpose is to provide an accurate depiction of a global crisis happening right under our noses. It is meant to bring light to a serious problem that is frequently overlooked, as it is so maddeningly, repeatedly explained over its 90-minute runtime ("We are everywhere. People only have to look"). It is baffling to us that the things that happen in this film occur in real life, every single day, with little to no public outcry. It's hard for us to imagine being taken off the street with such ease and forced into prostitution against our will. Perhaps even harder to comprehend is how the people in charge of these types of operations manipulate and coerce and threaten and intimidate their hostages into unspeakable actions for extended periods and how, sometimes, even when given the opportunity, those who are captured don't try to escape. Their families are threatened. They are called "worthless." They are abused, beaten, raped, degraded, tortured, driven to depths of despair they didn't know existed ("She could walk away, but she doesn't. That's how deep the control gets"). We think it helps that "Doing Money" is written and directed by women, who offer a gritty, realistic perspective to what is happening. It never glorifies or sexualizes what Ana and the other captive women go through. It only ever makes the audience feel disgusted and sorrowful that, according to the International Labour Organization, "40.3 million people are in modern slavery." That number is repulsively staggering
Doing Money 2019 TV movie still where Anca Dumitra, Voica Oltean, and Alina Serban are forced into being sex slaves and are watched closely by Cosmina Stratan
"How far are you going to get in your knickers in a foreign country?" (Image Source)
"Doing Money" is not the type of film one watches for escapism, but for its raw, gripping tale of survival that highlights an issue that needs more light shined on it. It made us feel angry, sad, and frustrated, which means director Lynsey Miller did her job. We don't think we'd ever watch this film again, but we don't say this to be negative. It took a lot out of us to view it because it's painful to realize that trafficking occurs right in our own backyard. This well-made film got us fired up about bringing awareness to the pressing, critical issue of global human trafficking, and for that reason alone, we recommend watching it.

***"Doing Money" has been selected to screen as part of the 2019 San Diego International Film Festival. It will be playing on October 17th, 2019 at 5:00 pm and October 19th, 2019 at 5:00 pm at the Theater Box cinema in downtown San Diego. To buy tickets, click here!***

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.0/10
RT Rating: ---%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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