Saturday, January 23, 2016

Movie Review: The Boy

Continuing on the awful January horror movie tradition, The Boy takes on the haunted doll sub-genre of horror and stars The Walking Dead's Lauren Cohan as an American nanny hired by a deranged older couple to care for their son. The son just happens to be a doll and though at first Cohan's character Greta finds this odd, she still signs on for the job desperate to hide away and earn the excessive amount of money she will be paid.

The Boy contributes to more awful horror movies. I'm not sure how this movie was produced, it seemed like such an awful idea in the first place. I'm such a sucker for these earlier year horror flicks though and find small enjoyment in the slow build. There were a few clever jump out scares and the mysterious grocery boy played by Rupert Evans, whose performance in the first Hellboy is one of my favorite in a superhero movie, kept me guessing up to the final third of the movie. 

Unfortunately, there were a lot of cliches, and the movie relied heavily on these devices to keep a dull plot moving at a snails pace. The story was convoluted and the script did a terrible job revealing important details while obviously showing us that they were setting it up for future plot details. There were not nearly enough hints at the twist, and the explanation had plenty of holes that if I bothered to look closely could probably walk right through.

Cohan should have a future in acting once her career as a zombie hunter expires but hopefully her agent will help her make better choices. I wish I could say that there was something to take away from this film but the story was devoid of any cleverness and the acting was pretty weak. They glossed over some big issues like abuse and affluenza, which might have made the story more interesting. I would not recommend this to anyone but true horror fans may settle their curiosity when it hits streaming, which will likely be very soon since this will bomb at the box office. 

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