Boot Camp Review
Synopsis:A group of at-risk teens are sent to a what they think is a rehabilitation program on Fiji, but it's really a prison-like camp where kids are abused and brainwashed.
Boot Camp (2008) is a Canadian-American psychological suspense thriller that was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Sigatoka, Viti Levu, Fiji. Director Christian Duguay (The Art of War (2000), Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003), Screamers (1995), Joan of Arc (1999)) did an excellent job showing us what happens in the world and how many boot camps there is. It was very enlightening, and I did not know that there has been over 40 deaths from boot camps since the 1970s. The movie captured my attention, and my mind did not stray or think about anything else than what was happening in the movie. I applaud the director for accepting this movie and for capturing it fantastically, some of the sets and sceneries was just breathtaking.
Boot Camp is about a group of teenagers who are out of control and rude. Their parents sent them to a rehabilitation boot camp so that they can change their attitude and ways. Dr. Hail (Peter Stormare - Fargo (1996), 22 Jump Street (2014), The Big Lebowski (1998), Bad Boys II (2003)) owns the boot camp that is located on a remote island in Fiji. The boot camp has no walls so the teenagers can leave if they wish, but there is nowhere to escape to except for the sea that surrounds the camp. The teenagers are forced to wear cuffs around their ankle that has sensors on them. I know I said the teenagers can leave if they wish, but the ankle cuff will alert security if they try to leave. Sophie (Mila Kunis - Black Swan (2010), That ‘70s Show (1998), Ted (2012), Friends with Benefits (2011)) and her boyfriend Ben rebels against Dr. Hail and escape to a nearby island. The duo is captured, and Ben (Gregory Smith - Everwood (2002), Rookie Blue (2010), The Patriot (2000), Small Soldiers (1998)) is threatened that if he tries any stunt again, he will be sent home. Ben soon refuses to do what Logan (Tygh Runyan - Snakes on a Plane (2006), Antitrust (2001), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Road to Nowhere (2010)) tells him to do. Logan’s misbehaviors were eventually out on the table in front of everyone, even his involvement in Danny’s outcome.
Okay, the majority of the acting was not up to par and in one word, terrible, but it did not take away from the subject matter and screenplay. Mila Kunis and Peter Stormare did an excellent job with their roles, but it is sad to say that they were the only two. The cinematography, soundtrack, special effects, sets, and the screenplay were excellent. I gave this movie a seven because it portrays a subject matter that is not seen much today and it is something that everyone should be aware of. I did not know boot camps mistreated kids to the point of what I saw in this movie, and it is an eye opener because I thought boot camps were strict but did not harm children or young adults. Overall, this film should be seen by adults and kids, and it might just help a few kids out there that are going in the wrong direction.
About Boot Camp (2008)
Original Title: Straight Edge
Runtime: 99 minutes
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Total Avg. Votes: 28
Writers: Agatha Dominik, John Cox
Director: Christian Duguay