Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Boy A: DVD Review

Boy A: DVD Review

Boy A
Released by Roadshow
Rating: M
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Katie Lyons
Boy A is an unexpected treat.
It's the story of Jack (Andrew Garfield) a young man just released from prison and trying to make his way in the world. As he tries to build a new life, gets a job and sets about a relationship with Katie Lyons' Michelle, his past starts to come sharply in focus and threatens to derail everything he's worked for.
There's flashbacks to Jack's past as you start to recall the horror of what he actually did - and it's a crime which will make many recall the death of Jamie Bulger and the resulting media furore.
Boy A is a really surprising film; a perfect made for TV DVD which was nominated for 7 BAFTA awards - and its main actor Andrew Garfield (who was in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus) scooped the best actor award.
It's not difficult to see why - with his self assured acting and engrossing screen presence, he's clearly one of the talents to keep an eye on.
It's very easy to get engrossed in films like this and with a compelling central turn from Garfield, Boy A remains a good compelling and fresh piece of film.

Rating: 8/10

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