Some movies come out and for whatever reason they prove to be difficult to find. Since I live in a pleasant small town whose closest Best Buy is forty-five minutes away, getting my hands on some movies and music proves harder than others. Since the local Wally World only carries a limited variety of entertainment, trying to find a small indie film can be next to impossible sometimes. This was the case with Boy A.  I suspected Wal-Mart would not have it and it just so happened that  Best Buy did not carry it either.  I ended up having to buy it off the now non-existant Circuit City’s web site. But once I finally popped the movie in the DVD  player, I found out it was well worth the wait.


Jack (Andrew Garfield) is 24-year-old with a dark past.  When Jack was young, he and another boy who became his friend brutally murdered a girl about their age.  Now that Jack is older and has served his time, he is released into an unfamiliar world that still holds a grudge against what he did. Under a new identity and  under the guidance of a fatherly social worker named Terry (Peter Mullan), Jack begins to learn all the things most kids learn while growing up. This includes things like working at a job, making friends, and developing a relationship with a woman named Michelle (Katie Lyons)…all while still struggling with the murderous deed he did long ago.  But all the steps Jack has taken to become a member of society are shattered one day when his true identity is revealed to the public.

This is an amazing film. It’s such a shame that something of this caliber only comes out in limited screenings.  The plot sucks you in from the beginning and does not let go until the explosive ending.  Andrew Garfield’s portrail of a grown man who never got the chance to grow up is nothing short of brilliant. He has such a child-like demeanor that is essential to this role and really shows how talented he is.  And the supporting cast is just as talented, especially Peter Mullan and Katie Lyons.

There are some things that are going to put some people off of this film, and one is obviously its limited availability.  There are also some scenes that get weighted down by editing and could have been trimmed down.  There is also the accent barrier: Unless your used to thick English accents as I am, you may find yourself rewinding a few times to understand what was just said.  All these are little speed bumps along an incredible journey, but it should not stop you from seeing this wonderful film.

Verdict: SEE IT!

Have you seen Boy A? What did you think? Do you have your own impossible film to find? What is it? Leave your comments and thought below.


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