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The Boy

Out Of Theatre
29 Jan, 2016 1 hr 38 mins U/A
Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Ben Robson
The suspense thriller has a striking beginning and a solid setting. However, static pace and generic mystery play spoilers.

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Story: Greta (Lauren Cohan), a young American woman, agrees to babysit a boy called Brahms in a remote English village in order to make a fast buck. Turns out Brahms is a doll. His elderly parents consider it to be their son since his alleged death 20 years back.

Review: Greta must adhere to certain rules in order to be the doll's nanny. While she doesn't give this bizarre situation much thought as long as she gets the money, things get creepier. A series of paranormal and disturbing activities in the palatial house lead her to believe that the doll might actually be alive. With his parents gone, can she survive the nightmare? Why she was chosen for the job is another question.

The suspense thriller has a striking beginning and a solid setting. However, static pace and generic mystery play spoilers. While they get your attention,the unnatural events fall short of giving you goosebumps. The film does not succumb to the usual set of doors shutting, shadows chasing scares, but it doesn't render you speechless with fear either.

The mystery takes way too long to unfold and when it does, it doesn't hit you hard. A slow and gradual buildup is welcome but failure to accelerate the pace invites boredom. Ambiguous motives and monotony don't leave a great impression either. The climax looks unconvincing and not unnerving as a result. You feel exhausted at the end of it.

The Boy is strange, odd and even awkward but we hope the sequel is truly scary... the real deal.
Avg Users’ Rating 3.1/5 ( 78 users )
Pavan Kumar
Best of the Suspense Thriller in the recent times, the back ground music and script was driven with sync throughout the movie. Worth watching in big screens.
Aidid Rashed Efat
The movie is thrilling rather than horrifying.
Rupert Evans — who, in more than a few shots here, looks as though he could pass for Brad Pitt’s younger brother — pops up occasionally as Malcom, a hunky deliveryman who divides his time between flirting with Greta and telling her about the “real” Brahms, an 8-year-old youngster who reportedly perished in a house fire 20 years earlier. (The still-grieving Heelshires, he adds, have treasured the doll as a stand-in for their lost little boy ever since.) But it’s not until Greta shares her suspicions that Brahms’ ghost may be haunting the house, and possessing the doll, that Malcom tells the rest of the story: Brahms wasn’t exactly a little angel when he was alive and kicking. And his spirit almost certainly isn’t blithe.
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