Sunday, January 26, 2014
Sometimes combing the VOD releases actually pays off. Despite looking all too much like a made for TV movie of the week, this prison drama is much better than its very limited theatrical release and tepid internet reviews imply. (And that's why I never listen to other critics.)
Newcomer Spencer Lofranco plays James, the titular troubled teen with behavioral issues who can't find a place in society and goes down the tempting path of gang-banging. Based on a real man's experience, the story is told in two timelines, one of James' experiences in prison, and the other of what led to him being there. The story, script, and cast, featuring compelling supporting performances by James Woods, Ving Rhames, and Mary-Louise Parker make this film definitely worth your time if you like the genre. If only they had a little more money to clean up the cinematography this one would have at least made a bigger splash on the big screen, giving it a fair chance at getting seen. Unfortunately it's been doomed to a virtually unacknowledged existence on VOD. Don't overlook it.
'Jamesy Boy' is now available in the warmth and coziness of your home on Video on Demand.
Who is this movie for? Fans of troubled youth, gang, and prison films like 'Shawshank Redemption' and 'American History X' should find it satisfying (though clearly not quite in the same class as those classics.)