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'Boy A' refers to Eric Wilson (Alfie Owen) who was jailed for a crime with his friend with whom he was associated as a youth. He has been released from prison and under the guidance of his 'parole officer/advisor' Terry (Peter Mullan), the now young adult is renamed Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) to protect him from the public who still remember the heinous crime of which he was convicted: Terry warns Jack to tell no one his real identity. Jack is assigned a new family and finds new friends in this strange world outside prison walls, but he is still haunted by the crime that changed his life. How Jack relates to his first female relationship and survives the bigotry of his classmates and city folk and finds a way to hold onto life despite his childhood 'sins' forms the development of this story.
While the entire cast is excellent, Andrew Garfield's performance as the guilt ridden needy Eric/Jack is exemplary. There are many issues this film deals with in addition to the trauma of starting life over after imprisonment, issues that are universal in nature and that probe our psyches for answers that are never easily resolved here. It is a brilliant little film from the UK. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, October 08
An original and moving film that, because of the cast, will stay with you for a long time after viewing.
Andrew Garfield is most convincing in his portrayal of BOY A, and Peter Mullan gives another of his fine performances as the case worker who does all in his power to smooth the transition from prison to society for BOY A by helping him to a assume a new identity under a federal relocation program.
NOTE: the strong accents will challenge even the best viewers of UK films; I found the subtitles helpful but not necessary to grasp the compelling, disturbing nature of this emotion-laden story.
Boy A follows the life of "Jack Burridge" (Beautifully portrayed by Andrew Garfield), which is a mysteriously chosen name from the young man in the movie after he is being secretly released from prison due to a crime he and another boy committed when they were much younger. The amount of footage put in from the earlier times when Jack was a kid was just the right amount. Unlike a movie that would just put the first half hour as someone's childhood, the director wonderfully edited flashbacks into the film and periodically placed them into it to add more questions and build more interest to what the boys did to be incriminated when they were younger. I won't spoil anything for you because the film is fantastic and really offers that question of "Who decides who gets a second chance"? Jack Burridge has a bruised soul yet a very strong heart, but due to his lack of being nurtured properly, he is on a verge of an emotional collapse. While he is "technically" given his second chance, we follow Jack to see whether he will move on with his life or be pulled back into the life he once had, become the boy that he once was again? The film offers most of every emotion there is. Before taking a turn into becoming a psychological suspense, you are given laughter, love, hope, and a point of view of someone trying to adjust to world, tyring to work, have a girlfriend, have friends, but due to a past from his childhood, it may be tougher than expected. I recommend this for everyone, though some will differ on the ending of the film. I hope I've been helpful..
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I was afraid this would be a plea for understanding and forgivenes but I'm glad to say it was not. It is based on a terrible crime committed in England some years ago when two ten... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Susan
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Boy A is a pretty descent movie, but not the best. It gets a little long. I wanted to see this because I'm really starting to like Andrew Garfield as an actor and thought... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rich Whitcomb
It tastefully handled a serious topic ad I appreciate that it gave viewers an artistic look at a controversial topic and definitely got me thinking without being too hard to watch!Published 10 months ago by Britt Dregger
It's one of Andrew Garfield's early film. It's ok, the performance is very indecisive and long. The film could be shorter.Published 15 months ago by RRone
This movie put Andrew Garfield on the map for me. Great performance as always.Published 18 months ago by Courtney Evans