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|Regie:||William Brent Bell|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 97 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
For the young American Greta (Lauren Cohan) it's the perfect way to escape the blows of her irascible ex-boyfriend: she takes a job as a nanny in the UK. She gladly accepts the strict catalogue of rules that Mr. and Mrs. Heelshire (Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle) demand of her before a proper greeting. After all, in the next few weeks she will have to look after the eight-year-old Brahms all by herself in the spacious manor house, while his parents are on holiday. But when she is introduced to the boy, Greta initially believes in a bad joke. Because Brahms isn't a real boy, he's a porcelain doll. But when she realizes that the older couple is serious and that they really think the doll is their son, she begins to doubt whether this job was really such a good idea. On the other hand, looking after a doll is easy money. After some doubts she takes the job and looks forward to relaxing weeks. But it doesn't take long until strange events pile up in the old house and Greta has to fear that Brahms might not be quite as lifeless as she thought at first…
With "The Boy" director William Brent Bell moves after "Devil Inside" and "Wer - Das Biest in dir" further in the horror subject. This time, however, he's more likely to focus on traditional creeps without big shock moments. And that works really well - apart from several clichés and smaller lengths. While the first minutes in which Greta receives instructions from her new employers on how to behave in any case are almost amusing, it gets really exciting from the moment you start to believe like Greta that the porcelain doll has a demonic life of its own.
Lauren Cohan, genre-fans of course known from the series "The Walking Dead", can't be much more than the usual Scream-Queen in distress, but that makes her at least with a certain sovereignty, which comes to the fore especially in the last act. Rupert Evans ("Hellboy") makes a nice laugh at the beginning with some good sayings and quickly has all sympathies on his side. But even though the two actors carry the film alone with a puppet at their side for long stretches, the script gives them only few possibilities to provide their characters with a real, interesting depth.
But since the atmosphere is right, this is only marginally negative. Because the film delivers exactly what fans can expect from such a genre representative. Not more, but also not less. To the last act. He'll divorce the spirits. Of course, we don't want to give too much away here. This much only: Even if the resolution is not really new, it is still surprising in some respects. This surprise can be positive for some viewers, but at the same time it can also kill any form of tension. It all depends on whether one expects a "realistic" or rather a "supernatural" explanation for the uncanny occurrences in the house. Of course I won't tell you which variant it will be in the end. But you should be prepared in advance to be disappointed by the resolution.
Beyond that "The Boy" is a well done little horror movie, that doesn't take itself too seriously and still offers a good amount of suspense. For all fans of the dignified horror and all who love Lauren Cohan in "The Walking Dead", a visit to the cinema can be highly recommended. Worth seeing
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