Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution. Several other youths are there with a variety of ... See full summary »
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Based on true events. On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew's life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew's descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young man is now headed for self-destruction. Andrew's mother, helpless to control her son and fighting an addiction of her own, refuses to watch idly as her only child destroys himself. As a last resort, she hires a private company to forcibly kidnap and confine him in a locked-down and corrupt psychiatric hospital. As Andrew is subjected to the secret physical and emotional abuses of the program, something inside him is re-awakened. He must somehow get free to save what's left of his life, but to do that, he knows he must first face his own demons head-on. Written by
Brightway Adolescent Hospital, upon which part of the story is based, was shut down after a government investigation. See more »
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and he will direct your path."
You got a Bible verse memorized for it and everything, huh?
Here's another one you ought to hear: "It's better to put it in the belly of a whore than on the ground."
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I was incredibly impressed with this film. For me personally it was a 4-time tear jerker. Yes, that's right, 4. And I NEVER CRY IN MOVIES. Maybe my reaction to this film might have something to do with the fact that I am a new father and my sensitivities in this department are just now budding, but the relationship between parent and child in this film was so real and raw that it made me feel on a very visceral level like few films have. Let me say the writing was spot on. I kept listening for "lines", you know, the kind that remind you that you are watching a movie, but I never heard one. It felt like what I was watching was unfolding for the first time in real life right before me. Andrew is one torn up kid, not the kind of kid that you immediately take a liking to, but by the end of the movie I was right there with him. And now I find myself online at 1:00 am writing this, something else I would normally never do. Also, the acting in this one was, if I dare say... f'n amazing. Very raw, very real, and not always easy to watch - but electrifying. Definitely not your sugarcoated Hollywood fare. Reminds me of they used to make movies in the 70's, before Nipplegate and the FCC started breathing down everyone's throats.
An excellent film on many levels - 10/10.
Take note Hollywood: if you guys made more movies like this maybe we'd come to the theaters and sit through your 20 minutes of car commercials before the previews. But in the meantime, as long as you're pumping out stuff like The Pacifier, you can find me at home plopped down in front of my 62'' plasma with my Netflix.
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