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"Boy Kills World" - movie review

Defining a cult movie can be as elusive as catching lightning in a bottle, but one undeniable hallmark is its ability to amass a fervent following that transcends mere fandom. While many films strive for the elusive "cult" label, true cult status is an organic evolution, forged through time and an impassioned fanbase. In the realm of offbeat action cinema, Moritz Mohr's "Boy Kills World" emerges as a contender, unapologetically embracing its eccentricity and delivering a wild, adrenaline-fueled ride that beckons to be discovered by late-night enthusiasts.

At the heart of "Boy Kills World" lies the enigmatic figure of "Boy," portrayed with captivating intensity by Bill Skarsgard. A deaf-mute protagonist, Boy is propelled by a singular mission: to avenge the brutal slaughter of his family at the hands of the merciless Van Der Koy clan, led by the formidable Hilda, played with chilling charisma by Famke Janssen. Guided by a mysterious shaman, expertly portrayed by the incomparable Yayan Ruhian, Boy embarks on a journey of vengeance fraught with peril and unexpected alliances.

One such alliance takes the spectral form of Mina, Boy's deceased sister brought to life through the poignant portrayal of Quinn Copeland. As Boy navigates a treacherous landscape of betrayal and bloodshed, the narrative weaves a tapestry of intrigue and misdirection, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats while never losing sight of its primal quest for retribution.

Clocking in at just under two hours, "Boy Kills World" maintains a relentless pace that mirrors the frenetic energy of its protagonist's quest. While this brisk tempo may limit the opportunity for deep character exploration beyond Boy and Mina, the ensemble cast delivers solid performances that elevate the film above mere spectacle. Famke Janssen's portrayal of Hilda exudes a potent blend of menace and allure, while Brett Gelman injects the proceedings with his trademark sleaze, and H. Jon Benjamin lends his distinctive voice to the titular character, adding a touch of familiarity to the proceedings.

In the pantheon of cult classics, "Boy Kills World" may not ascend to the lofty heights of perennial favorites like "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," but it offers a visceral thrill ride that is sure to carve out its own niche in the annals of cinematic history. Despite facing minimal competition upon its release, the film's impact may be tempered by Skarsgard's involvement in other high-profile projects. Nevertheless, "Boy Kills World" injects a much-needed jolt of adrenaline into the cinematic landscape, earning a solid 3/5 rating and leaving audiences craving more of its electrifying blend of action and intrigue.


Boy Kills World

Directed by Moritz Mohr

Written by Tyler Burton Smith, Arend Remmers

Starring Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Rothe, Michelle Dockery, Brett Gelman,

Isaiah Mustafa, Yayan Ruhian, with Andrew Koji, Sharlto Copley and Famke Janssen 

Voice of "Boy" Narrated by H. Jon Benjamin

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