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Times of India
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.
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.
During the shoot of the film, the porcelain doll was treated just like another (living) cast member by everyone. Rupert Evans said in an interview that the whole cast had actually grown very fond of the doll by the end of the shoot.
Though Lauren has worked in the horror genre before with her American telly series, The Walking Dead, this is the actress’ first horror film.
In an interview, Lauren confessed that she found ‘The Boy’ scarier than ‘The Walking Dead.’
Writer, Stacey Menear, had multiple ending in mind before he finalized on Brahms being a grown man hiding within the confines of his parents’ estate. The first idea was to bring the porcelain doll alive.
Greta Evans (Lauren Cohan), a young American woman comes to the Heelshire Manor, in a remote English village hoping to work as a nanny for the elderly couple's only child, Brahms. Turns out this supposed 8-year-old boy is actually a doll as the real son had died in a fire 20 years back. Greta finds it bizarre but decides to stick around for the money and to stay away from memories of a failed relationship. Greta is told that she must adhere to certain rules in order to be Brahms' nanny.
Once the couple is gone, paranormal activities in the house make Greta believe that the doll is alive. She accepts it and starts doing her job seriously but things get weirder. Her ex barges into the house and insists that she leaves with him. The rules say she cannot leave Brahms alone. Her ex still forces her to leave and breaks the doll to show it isn't alive. Soon after, he gets killed by a masked grown up man, who happens to be the real Brahms. Odd and shy, he has been hiding in the Manor all this while. Greta is petrified and tries to run away. She is stopped by him. She pretends to stay and stabs a knife in his chest to kill him. She flees but the boy survives and fixes the doll. His parents want to escape too and thus, commit suicide.
William Brent Bell's thriller film 'The Boy,' starring Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans and Diana Hardcastle, has opened to mixed reviews on Twitter. Here's what the viewers are tweeting about the film:
Thought The Boy would be the dumbest movie but man was I wrong 😳😳😳😳😳 plot twist of the century
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.