We meet a young man, 15 or so, and he is not the big thing at school. The other students sling him comments and treat him badly. He dresses quite different, goth-like, and since he stands out he's an easy target. It does not help that his parents are divorced, never seeming to care much - he is a problem. Even his bus ride friends act different at school. Sean Randall is not the guy to be seen with. Especially not if you are the most popular girl at school and the hockey team captain and alpha male's girl. Still, Sean is obsessed - she does treat him good when they are hidden from the cooler dudes. His anger is rising and to cope with his feelings he writes down some sort of revenge plan. Guns and killing are included. The police get's hands on it and there it is: Sean has planned a school shoot out and he is in big trouble.
Cliches are treated well here, and it feels like something fresh. The characters are not the most belivable, but that's about the only solid flaw here. "We Need to Talk About Kevin" comes to mind as a similiar film. Many other "young troubled boy against the world" movies too. Lovely written and with a great pacing it got me hooked from the beginning. It's shot in away that makes me feel being part of the story - it's quite intense stuff at times. It's out of your comfort zone - in a good way, I'm sure it will stick with me for a long time. The young actors does their jobs superbly , and so does the debut director. I'm looking forward to more of his stuff, it it's ever possible to track down that is.
9 out of 10 iPhone wrappings.
The journey of the main character was believable, you really felt helpless for him as he got caught in an unjust and corrupt system.
It's tough to think that this is a real scenario that happens to youth every day... Instead of help and counseling they are driven into situations that put extreme mental pressure on them.
It was great to see this characters journey and his ability to overcome, it could have easily gone the other way and driven the character into committing a real crime.