Premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Hellion received fairly positive reviews, making it a film to look out for. The one thing that caught my attention was the casting of Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. After I watched the trailer and figured out the basic premise of the film, I was on board. Here’s a quick synopsis of the movie:
When motocross and heavy metal obsessed thirteen-year-old Jacob’s increasing delinquent behavior forces CPS to place his little brother, Wes, with his aunt, Jacob and his emotionally absent father, Hollis, must finally take responsibility for their actions and for each other in order to bring Wes home.
The film opens with no introduction, and jumps right into the lives of the Wilson family. In my opinion, this came across really off-beat, at first. The audience is thrown right into the turmoil that Jacob (Josh Wiggins) has created for himself, and you understand right away what’s going on. Aaron Paul plays a single father who lost his wife (under unforeseen circumstances), and now has to raise his sons alone. Jacob Wilson is most affected by this situation, and displays his grief through delinquency. Through a series of events, the hardships that this family endures eventually leads them back to one another.
Another noteworthy aspect of this film was the way it was shot. The directors really knew what they wanted to do with this film, and it results in a seemingly human perspective on this family. You feel like you are there with them, experiencing their lives and pain, as if you were in the room. Of course, that isn’t all due to the camera man’s handiwork. The acting in this indie-film is phenomenal. Not only does Paul perform great, but Wiggins takes a surprising lead role throughout and steals the show.
Though most American movies end on a happy note, some will say that Hellion doesn’t. Without saying too much, the ending leaves the family in a still somewhat broken position, never truly finding a peaceful end. However, I still found the ending to be cathartic. Jacob seems to remain troubled teen throughout the movie, but the end shows a side that wants to change.
This film remains dramatic all the way through the end, though you may encounter some laughs and tear-jerking moments on the journey. Hellion is a great movie for adults, and comes highly recommended.
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