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Boot Camp (2008)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  8 May 2008 (Kuwait)
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A group of at-risk teens are sent to a what they think is a rehabilitation program on Fiji, but it's really a prison-like camp where kids are abused and brainwashed.

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When provocatively impish drug addict Sophie is forcibly shipped off by her passive mother and brutally domineering stepfather to dodgy, messianic and platitude-spouting Dr. Arthur Hail's completely isolated Fiji island boot camp for wayward teens (a.k.a. Camp Serenity), her perfectly respectable boyfriend Ben refuses to stand passively by. He fakes a drug problem to get himself enrolled in Dr. Hail's Advanced Serenity Achievement Program, where he plans to find and escape with Sophie. Meanwhile both teens witness and endure the physically harsh and psychologically brutal conditions fostered by the doctor and enforced by Logan, his militaristic and imposing chief of security - where all "enrollees" have "less rights than prisoners on death row." Written by KGF Vissers

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Every year troubled teens are sent away to change their lives. On this island they must fight to save them. See more »

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Straight Edge  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)
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Peter Stormare plays Dr. Arthur Hail, but closing credits list the character's name as Dr. Norman Hail. Nowhere in the film is he ever called Norman. See more »

Goofs

When Sophie first arrives, Ellen says she has two months left. When Sophie is later put in the circle, they say Sophie's been there for over a month. Right after that, as they are seeing people leave, they mention Ellen leaving in two months again. See more »

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Sophie: So what's the big idea?
Dr. Arthur Hail: The idea? I'll give you one cookie; in return, you open up and tell me all your deep dark secrets.
Sophie: Well, here's a deep, dark secret for you, Doc - I hate cookies.
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Hang Me Up to Dry
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Written by Matt Aveiro, Matt Maust, Jonnie Russell, and Nathan Willett
Performed by Cold War Kids
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Do the End Justify the Means?
30 March 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Denver, the rebel Sophie (Mila Kunis) misses her deceased father and hates her stepfather Karl (Serge Houde), pushing him to the edge. After a serious incident with his guests at home, she is sent to the ASAP – Advanced Serenity Achievement Program – a correctional facility in Fiji Island leaded by Norman Hail (Peter Stormare), who self-entitles doctor, to be rehabilitated in a socially acceptable pattern of behavior. She finds a concentration camp without human rights that uses abusive military training techniques to brainwash the offenders. Meanwhile her boyfriend Ben (Gregory Smith) forces a situation at home to be sent to the same boot camp and escape with Sophie.

"Boot Camp" explains in the very beginning that is based on a true event; therefore it seems that it really does exist places like the Serenity Camp in the world. The story does not have the intention to discuss whether these boot camps are necessary or not, but to show a specific place directed by an unprepared man with psychological problems that uses torture techniques as if the end could justify the means. A dictatorship with absolute power associated to playing God always generates injustices and corruption and is doomed to fail. The story is entertaining, but some of the teenagers (and parents) depicted in the movie really deserve to be sent to a correctional facility or to a shrink to resolve their issues. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Ilha - Uma Prisão Sem Grades" ("The Island – A Prison Without Bars")


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