RELEASE DATE: 26th February 2016
RATING: 13 L
RUNNING TIME: 97min
GENRE: Horror, Thriller
STARING: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, Jett Klyne, Lily Pater
DIRECTOR: William Brent Bell
WRITERS: Stacey Menear
PRODUCERS: Matt Berenson, David Kern, Roy Lee, Gary Lucchesi
PRODUCTION BUDGET: $10mil
OFFICIAL WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/TheBoyMovie/
The Twist, oh, the twist
A young American girl, Greta (Lauren Cohen), on the run from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Cole (Ben Robson), takes the job as a nanny to a young boy in the English countryside, thinking it’ll be a good place to hide from Cole, but when she gets there she discovers that the boy in question is, in fact, a dummy. She thinks it’s really weird, but she agrees to do the job, thinking it’ll be the easier job ever, as the parents go on holiday. Soon though, she begins to think that the dummy might actually be alive, after strange things start to happen in the house. She enlists the help of local, Malcolm (Rupert Evans), to help her prove it, but when Cole shows up things start to go very wrong and the truth comes out.
WHY WATCH IT
I was hesitant about this one, thinking it was going to be another bad version of Annabelle, which wasn’t that great in the first place. At first I was proven pretty much right. It was interesting enough, with the creepy happenings, the strange things moving by themselves, and the dummy that might, or might not, be alive. It was pretty generic, and nothing special, but interesting enough. Then the major twist happens near the end and I was shocked and thrilled and sitting on the edge of my seat. I seriously did not see it coming, and that’s saying something, since I normally see the twist coming a mile away. It totally took me by surprise, and, without giving anything away, it’s going to blow your mind.
That said, the acting is passible for this type of movie. No Oscar contenders, but they carry the film well and pull off the characters. Cohen especially is scared at the right times and crazily in love with the dummy, weird, I know, at others.
If you like this type of film you’ll enjoy The Boy, simply for the twist at the end. It’s worth sitting through mediocrity to get to it.
Jon Broeke (@jonbroeke)