Monday, 9 November 2009

The Boys Are Back

Recently widowed Clive Owen is left to raise his six years old son and he also finds himself with responsibility for his fourteen years old son from a previous marriage.

Based on memoirs of an actual situation, Owen's parenting skills in The Boys Are Back are a matter of personal perspective but it is all played out on the outskirts of Adelaide which makes for pretty pictures of rural and coastal South Australia.

Most of it is day to day low key stuff but a dramatic climax is reached which eventually lifts the viewer's pulse rate.

Both the young actors, Nicholas McAnulty and George MacKay, provide impressive performances; particularly McAnulty as the younger boy whose performance is so natural you'd swear in his case that you were watching a reality documentary.

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