The Boy (2015)
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as William Colby
as Ted Henley
as Sheriff Deacon Whit
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Mr. Macneill and his co-screenwriter, Clay McLeod Chapman, have developed a feature stunning to behold if somewhat unpersuasive in narrative.
The film feels overly long, and while lingering shots of the mountain scenery do help convey the isolation of the deserted motel, too many of them feel repetitive.
While the score goes out of its way to make his every action feel sinister, the picture doesn't fulfill its horrific potential until the third act.
While it's admirable that director Macneill and his co-scripter Clay McLeod Chapman opted to emphasize mood and psychology over the story's more exploitable elements, it nonetheless results in a listless tedium.
The scariest aspect of "The Boy" is the extent to which Macneill makes it possible to sympathize with the troubled protagonist -- even as its haunting final shot hints at the horrors yet to come.
Audience Reviews for The Boy
As innocuous as its title, it is awfully directed and edited, poorly paced and hugely incompetent in whatever it is trying to do as it fails to portray the kid's evolution into a psychopath (he comes off as just annoying), and it is only not a complete disaster because of its forceful ending.