The Boy (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | Horror, Thriller, Drama
105 minutes /

User Score: 63/100

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The Boy Review


An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death.

The Boy (2015) is an American thriller drama horror movie that is loosely based on Clay McLeod Chapman novel. Director and co-writer Craig William Macneill (Henley (2011), Late Bloomer (2004), The Afterlight (2009)) did a fantastic job portraying what a child is capable of doing. The Boy is a must see for everyone regardless if you are a parent or not. The movie was awesomely shot and conveys several messages. The little boy in this film if forced to live somewhere that he does not want to and his mind strays from being innocent to the opposite. He does not like the solitude lifestyle where he does not have anyone to play with and longs to be with his mother who is not around.

The Boy takes place in 1989 where Ted Henley (Jared Breeze - Cooties (2014), How I Met the Neighbors (2013), Sand Snowman (2015)) lives at the Mountain Vista Motel with his father. His father John ( David Morse - The Green Mile (1999), Contact (1997), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Rock (1996)) owns the Mountain Vista Motel. The motel is a struggling business that was passed down from generation to generation and John wants to give it to Ted when he comes of age. The motel receives guests by coincidence, and that means only if the guest is lost or has nowhere else to go. Ted does not want the motel; he wants to find his mother who left them to start a new life in Florida with a guest they had at the motel. Ted is devious, deranged, psychotic and manipulative - those qualities gradually show, but his father does not see them. The only thing that Ted wants to do is find his mom and murder as many people as he can. I was shocked out of my mind to see Ted did what he did to the college kids who went overboard with their party at the motel. Watch this movie and you will not be disappointed. Kids have a mind of their own and sometimes parents do not know what their kids are capable of - good or bad.

Jared Breeze’s performance was top notch, and his talents shine because he did not have much of a dialog. Jared’s facial expressions, emotions and body language was his acting performance and if a person does not say much and still act that well then he has a great future as an actor ahead. Cannot wait to see Jared in more movies as he grows up. I was sad and felt emotions toward David Morse, who played the father, John, because he does not have much, and you can see him struggling to make the right decisions. John wants to make his son happy but he cannot afford much, and his emotions speak although he is not saying anything. I felt horrible for the fate waiting for him as Ted becomes more violent as time passes. I could not believe that he is such a young kid, and he is so dangerous with his thinking and actions. The movie was very heart touching, and I encourage all movie fans to watch this movie because the messages it gives are very powerful.

About The Boy 2015

Title: The Boy
Original Title: Child, Henley
Year: 2015
Runtime: 105 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 27 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 27
Starring: David Morse, Rainn Wilson, Aiden Lovekamp, Bill Sage, Mike Vogel, Jared Breeze, Susana Jaramillo, Tomas Eastman, Catalina Restrepo, Mariana Echeverri, Paola Holguin, Antonia Vargas, Carolina Agudelo, Daniel Vallejo, Daniel Harry, Zuleikha Robinson, Daniel Castro, David Valencia, Miguel Harry, Amalia Santa Maria, Taige Jensen, Sam Morse, Maria Luisa Ruiz, Andres Echavarria, Manuela Guerra, Amalia Santamaria, Hong Kyu Park, Victoria Escobar
Writers: Craig William Macneill, Clay McLeod Chapman
Director: Craig William Macneill