The Boy (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

The Boy (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

The Boy (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

📅03 May 2016, 00:21

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The Boy (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: William Brent Bell
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Universal Studios

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Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive

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If you sit down to watch The Boy on Blu-ray you should probably plan to get comfy, because it will be a slow burn. The movie pretty much is a start to finish build up to a twist in the third act. A twist that will probably make or break the entire movie for most depending on how you take that twist. Until then the movie is mostly carried by Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead fame. She’s given the job to babysit a boy, but it turns out to be much weirder when she sees the boy she’s watching appears to be only a doll. Strange things start happening and soon her as well as anyone watching is left trying to figure out if we have a more proper and British version of Chucky on our hands or if Lauren’s character isn’t just going crazy in a big house that she’s mostly alone in for the biggest part of the time. We see her get into a bit of romance with another character, we learn more things about her as the movie goes along, and some of those things from her past could even come back to haunt her. It is a bit of a complex situation but the movie tends to be really slow out of the gate and never really gets rolling and truly interesting until the second half.

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I like Lauren Cohan a lot. Her character isn’t the most interesting character you’ve ever seen in a movie, but she makes it work the best way she can. We have some odd twists and turns for how she handles things and we have to try to place the puzzle together ourselves a bit, but I found the movie to be an interesting enough flick to warrant watching. It isn’t a great movie, but it stays interesting despite the slow start and I found the twist rewarding and in some ways clever. I’ve heard of some guessing it before the end, however, I admit the start didn’t have me engaged enough to try to figure it out. Still, as I said before, the last half of this one is where what magic the movie has it hidden. If you can get there you will probably find it a lot more fun than the first part and I’m sure this will be where you decide if The Boy was for you or not. I think it does enough, it is different, and it has a good enough twist for me to give it the ol’ thumbs up. It also looks really great in HD, which I’m sure is no surprise to most of you. What is a shock is this disc comes with a digital copy for VUDU and iTunes but not a single thing for extras. I hope this isn’t going to become the norm for releases.

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Extras

– None

Quality of Transfer: 96%

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