This is a film about a troubled teen, Sean Randall, who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario. It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between Sean (Connor Jessup) and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy (Alexia Fast). Deanna's boyfriend is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna's friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues a death threat online - and is swiftly arrested. When the police raid Sean's home, they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition - all property of Sean's father Ricky (Michael Buie), an avid hunter. They also find a supposed "hit list" with twenty names of people who have tormented Sean. The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine has been narrowly averted, and soon Sean faces a terrifying imprisonment in a youth detention facility. Sean's only hope is to overcome his dark image, and prove his innocence to Deanna and to his community. Written by
I was unable to guess what route this film was going to take, it could have gone several routes but the one it chose was thought provoking, intelligent and beautifully pitched. The acting was first class, I'd only really seen Connor Jessup in Falling Skies - which I do like - and was pleased to see a very fine performance here. Michael Buie was superb as his dad and all other cast members were strong and believable. At times there was the chance for the movie to fall into a cliché but it managed to avoid that every time with some aplomb. In short, this is a fine film that I would highly recommend. I note that this is the writer/directors first feature, I very much look forward to his next project.
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