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"Strong, powerful stuff indeed."
5 stars

With a simmering intensity that starts gently and builds to unspeakable brutality, The Boys examines the source of violence and evil from a remarkably human perspective. Yet even as this award-winning film becomes increasingly difficult to watch, you can't take your eyes off it ...because by then you're so deep inside the characters that you have to see it through to the bitter end. The result is seriously startling.

It opens as Brett (Wenham) is released from a year in prison and reunited with his two brothers. Stevie (Hayes) is a simple man living at home with his pregnant girlfriend Nola (Lise), even though he might not be the father of her baby; Glenn (Polson) has taken the plunge and moved out of the family home and in with his career-oriented girlfriend Jackie (Cronin), who sees potential in Glenn even though he's content to drift along aimlessly.

Their mother (Curran) tries to look at her sons positively, but secretly she's scared when they get together, and so is her Maori boyfriend (Smith). Meanwhile, Brett suspects that his girlfriend Michelle (Collette) hasn't been faithful while he was locked away. As all of these characters gather in the house, the boys begin to fall back into their old patterns--that is, Brett once again becomes king of the castle, leading his brothers along and firing up their anger at the world around them. As each of them has a girlfriend crisis, their buried violence is slowly coaxed to the surface.

Based on Gordon Graham's stage play, the screenplay uses an ingenious device of flash-forwards throughout the film to let you glimpse what is about to happen. And combined with the present action, this succeeds in building the tension very slowly (and palpably) from the friendly banter of a family reunited through disillusionment to action. The performances are all terrific, with Wenham providing the film's centre in the charismatic, terrifying Brett. And Collette gives her best performance yet (which is saying a lot) as the terrified yet strong-willed Michelle.

While the material seems far too strong sometimes, it's so well handled that you find yourself caught in the minds of these men. You can hardly bear to think their thoughts, yet you can't help it. In the end you almost will them to their dreadful act; you want to see and feel their release. And it's here that the filmmakers make their most shocking point. (Rich

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9/03/18 Spiderabbit True everyday evil and the build up to attrocity 5 stars
1/14/05 Gullytrap Wenham's Dave Hughes impression is hilarious! 1 stars
12/24/02 Corky Cold and gritty, a slowly ticking time bomb... 5 stars
11/01/01 steph loved the play and it makes a great film also... colette was amazing!! 5 stars
7/02/01 Clarance great cinematography.. but eah movie 3 stars
2/01/01 Aly Antony Moody cinematography with the car lines and car was really spectacular 5 stars
8/17/99 Jim Reberger Hare Core Realism 5 stars
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  14-Oct-1999 (R)

  02-Feb-1999 (18)

  07-May-1998 (MA)

Directed by
  Rowan Woods

Written by
  Gordon Graham
  Stephen Sewell

  David Wenham
  Toni Collette
  John Polson
  Anthony Hayes
  Jeanette Cronin

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