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Overall Rating

Worth A Look: 22.39%
Average: 18.66%
Pretty Bad: 21.64%
Total Crap: 5.22%

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Apt Pupil
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by Ryan Arthur

"Tot Bowten."
4 stars

Well made, well acted.

But it's not quite there.

Is this a worthy follow up to Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects? Maybe. There were parts that I liked about the film, but there were stretches of boredom. Based on the Stephen King novella of the same name, at best, it's simply uneven.

Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) is on track to graduate at the head of his class. He starts to take an interest in the Holocaust, reading up and doing research, when he discovers that Arthur Denker (Ian McKellan) may just in reality be Kurt Dussander, a Nazi war criminal who has evaded capture and prosecution. Todd, being the smart guy that he is, takes pictures and lifts fingerprints, all to make sure that this is, in fact, the guy.

It is.

So he threatens to tell the authorities about Denker/Dussander, unless the old guy starts to tell him stories about what he did. The old man even seems to get off on it, especially when the kids brings him a replica of a Nazi uniform. He starts doing his little march while the kid barks out orders. Ultimately, when Todd's grades take a nosedive and then rebound through the help of Denker, he breaks away from the old man, who's every bit as sinister. Old guy kills a cat and tries to off a homeless person but starts to have a heart attack. He calls in Todd to finish the job. "Now