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July 23, 2016
The Boys, a chilling Australian film rife with domestic violence features Brett Sprague (David Wenham), a man on parole whose thin veil of humanity becomes evident within hours of moving back in with his two brothers, their girlfriends, and mom. Manipulating and intimidating everyone in the household doesn't come easy. As the mother fails to keep together the family in Brett's wake, the household becomes beset with Brett's omnipotent presence evidenced in the following quote from the end of the film "We're all gods in our own world", said before committing a heinous crime that viewers are only allowed to speculate at based on a few lines in the ending scene and cut ins of the three brothers being escorted in handcuffs. The beginning of the film features eerie piano music from The Necks, showing images of everyday household objects illustrating how the ordinary can take on meaning often larger than itself, providing escape for the inhabitants of this household run by a sociopath.
June 14, 2013
A film that creates such an atmosphere of high tension as I have ever experienced. Wenham's amazing range on display with his menacing Brett Sprague.
½ April 16, 2013
Apart from a couple of swerves into histrionics typical of Australian dramas, this is really good; the tension is built really well, and though the flash-forwards seem trite at first, they make more and more sense as it goes along, until you get the to perfectly-timed ending and it all comes together. Fucking bogans.
February 9, 2013
excellent gritty film. recommended for those who like character studies
February 9, 2013
This fictional dramatisation of the events leading up to the real life rape and murder of Anita Cobby is compelling viewing. David Wenham is chillingly convincing as Brett Sprague who has just been released from prison and returns home to his mother, brothers and girlfriend.
December 25, 2012
Easily one of the most striking films of the 90's to come from Australia. It is a showcase of future Australian talent and a remarkable observation on the family psyche with crime and disrespect.
½ August 10, 2012
It doesn't take long to work out how the structure of the Sprague family works, with David Wenham's Brett intimidating and manipulating his way to the top of the pack, allowing the men to dominate and the woman to become subservient. And it's through this process that Wenham truly shines, because it says a lot about an actor who can make his audience on edge as much as those around him. As his younger brother Glenn, John Polson is also brilliant and is the most compassionate of the title characters, with youngest brother Stevie (a solid performance from Anthony Hayes) conveying his suppressed rage in almost every scene. As for the women, Lynette Curran is sympathetically convincing as the boys' mother and Toni Collette is superbly powerful as Brett's girlfriend Michelle.

Exceptionally directed by Rowan Woods, this gritty tale in which flashforwards gradually reveal the boys' fate, finishes off with a final line of dialogue that says so much about Brett.
December 23, 2011
Such a good Australian film. Very dark
June 25, 2011
awesome australian film its so tense and nerve wracking cos somebody could snap any minute
½ June 11, 2011
This movie was ok. Took a while to get going... then started going forward and back in time... then it ended. Wouldn't recommend.
June 20, 2010
Rowan Woods spins his oppressively shot & acted web with all the tension of a horror film, right up to its shattering conclusion.
½ January 18, 2010
Again all tears and insulting. Yawn!
½ January 9, 2010
Gritty crime drama where the top-notch acting creates all the realism. This is more of pull for the film than the story.
Super Reviewer
April 8, 2009
It's a difficult and painful film to watch, but it is nonetheless an experience in the waiting.
October 2, 2008
Brillant Australian movie, quite scary the reality of it.
½ September 22, 2008
Faramir off of The Lord of the Rings is an unpredictable psychopath in this Aussie kitchen sink drama. A precursor to the superior Chopper this is a chilling glimpse into the life of a family you'll be thanking your lucky stars you're not part of.
September 14, 2008
excellent, but frightening.
September 8, 2008
David Wenham is incredibly impressive in this. It's a terrifically tense drama
August 6, 2008
Toni Collette is great.
½ June 8, 2008
Amazing acting here, a very scary powerful flim... Its the events of one day (and bits and pieces of the future) its shows how destructive these people are... David Wenham made an amazing psychopathic bogan, and Toni Collete was there doing the trash thing (but with UNDERARM HAIR) lol.. nah, recommended; very authentic and chilling.
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