Red Riding Trilogy Revisited

Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield) is a young reporter investigating the Yorkshire ripper. His research uncovers an illicit world of police corruption, racism, and brutality all under the shadow of the ripper’s killing spree.

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The Red Riding Trilogy is thematically very dark and is set over the course of a number of years, 1974 – 1983. The trilogy spans a very long 302 minutes and throughout viewers find themselves in a very unpleasant world full of corrupt authority figures and perhaps most pertinently a lack of justice. Based loosely on the real life Yorkshire ripper, the fictional counterpart in Red Riding enjoys a certain autonomy and a baffling ability to avoid being caught. Continue reading “Red Riding Trilogy Revisited”

Boy A (2007) Film Review

Friends can lead you astray and pre-teen Eric learns this hard lesson when his mate Philip convinces him to murder a young girl. Both boys are put on trial and deemed innately evil and forced to spend their teen years in prison. Now aged 24, Eric has been released, given a new identity, and thrown back into society.

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Many viewers will see marked similarities in Boy A (2007) to the real-life case of two young British boys who took a little boy from a shopping mall. This realism lends a difficult moral tone to the film and it’s difficult to see if someone who committed such a horrible crime can ever be forgiven. Based on a novel by Jonathan Trigell, Boy A poses questions with no clear or definitive answer. Is a child truly to blame for his or her actions and can that child ever heal and experience redemption? Boy A never answers any questions definitively but it does challenge the notion that a child could be inherently evil. Continue reading “Boy A (2007) Film Review”