Review: ‘PARADISE HILLS’ is a stunningly beautiful sci-fi with feminist punch.

SYNOPSIS: 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.

Vibrant costumes and sets envelop the audience immediately. The island on which these young women are being housed would seem like a dream if they weren’t being held against their wills and reprogrammed. Paradise Hills has a cast that is mind-blowing. Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Danielle Macdonald, Eiza González, Milla Jovovich headline this twisted tale of turning societal “bad girls” into Stepford wives to the nth degree. Their surroundings look good enough to eat, Versailles in actual cake form. It has a solid feminist message of finding your own voice. The cool sci-fi script is a great story for fans of Suzanne Collins and Hunger Games nostalgia. This will also resonate with Handmaid’s Tale lovers. We need more young females challenging the patriarchal structure set against creative backdrops. While the third act explanation of Jovovich’s character feels like a completely different story to tell, the rest is very solid. The performances are all impressive. Paradise Hills is as beautiful to watch as it is intriguing.

**World Premiere – Sundance Film Festival 2019**

**Official Selection – Fantasia Film Festival 2019**

**Official Selection – Sitges Film Festival 2019**

Samuel Goldwyn Films will release the fantasy/sci-fi/thriller PARADISE HILLS in theaters October 25, 2019 and on digital and on-demand November 1, 2019.

PARADISE HILLS is Spanish fashion creative and photographer Alice Waddington’s feature debut. The film features an ensemble cast including Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens”), Danielle Macdonald (DumplinPatti Cake$), Awkwafina (The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians), Jeremy Irvine (Billionaire Boys Club, War Horse), Arnaud Valois (BPM (Beats Per Minute), The Girl on the Train), Eiza Gonzalez (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Baby Driver) and Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil seriesThe Fifth Element). The film was co-written by Nacho Vigalondo (Colossal, V/H/S Viral) and Brian DeLeeuw (Daniel Isn’t Real, Some Kind of Hate.)

About Liz Whittemore

Liz grew up in northern Connecticut and was memorizing movie dialogue from Shirley Temple to A Nightmare on Elm Street at a very early age. She will watch just about any film all the way through (no matter how bad) just to prove a point. A loyal New Englander, a lover of Hollywood, and true inhabitant of The Big Apple.