Apt Pupil (1998) Movie Review

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1998 | R | Thriller, Drama, Crime, Romance
111 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Apt Pupil Review


A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a N*zi war criminal.

Bryan Singer directed Apt Pupil (1998) won 6 movie awards and was nominated for another 6 movie awards. Bryan Singer worked wonders with this Stephen King novel move adaptation. Apt Pupil did not fare so well at the box office making $8.8 million on an estimated movie budget of $14 million.

Apt Pupil is the story of a boy, Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro), who discovers that his elderly neighbor Kurt Dussander ( Ian McKellen) is a N*zi war criminal. Todd proceeds to blackmail his Kurt and in doing so, sparks a fire that should not be restarted.

Apt Pupil suffers from some pacing issues but proves that monsters come in all shapes and forms. The older looking Dussander descends back into his darker past rekindling the evil from the past. A stronger and scarier part of the film is when Dussander takes a liking to Todd and looks to corrupt his mind. Will Dussander succeed in creating a monster for the new generation?

About Apt Pupil 1998

Title: Apt Pupil
Year: 1998
Runtime: 111 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime, Romance
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Ian McKellen, Elias Koteas, Joshua Jackson, Michael Reid MacKay, James Karen, Bruce Davison, Michael Byrne, Joe Morton, Darrell Britt, Robert 'Duckie' Carpenter, David Schwimmer, Richard Dunn, Joseph Ashton Montgomery, Kevin Spirtas, Phaedra Neitzel, Brad Renfro, Mickey Cottrell, Ann Dowd, Katherine Malone, Grace Sinden, Anthony Moore, Danna Dennis, Jan Tríska, Michael Artura, Donna Marie Brown, Mark Flythe, Warren Wilson, Marjorie Lovett, Jill Harris, David Cooley
Writers: Stephen King, Brandon Boyce
Director: Bryan Singer