You never know what hand life may deal you. What you do with that hand can either make you or break you in this world. What happens when a man with the entire world in front of makes bad choices? That’s what you are in store for with the prison drama Jamesy Boy. The film is based of the true story of James Burns who went from neighborhood punk, to an inmate in a maximum security prison. In prison he meets Conrad ( Ving Rhames) a convicted murderer who befriends him and becomes an unlikely mentor.
I’ve seen a few comments about how predictable this film is which is a pure cop out. First the guy is still living free today so I’m not sure what people were expecting to happen. This is a very well done film in all acting. The story is short and to the point but the way director Trevor White was able to put it all together is very commendable. It weaves back and forth showing how James ended up in prison and the days following up to his release. The cast is superb including Mary Louise Parker who plays his mother and James Woods who is the Lt. Falton and in charge of the inmates.
The movie has many good moments and plays as a solid drama throughout. I can't go too long without mentioning the outstanding performance of James by actor Spencer Lofranco. He did an amazing job of carrying the film but the execution was felt throughout the cast as they really excelled in this film. Whoever decided to use Citizen Cope on the soundtrack gets a big nod for me as not only am I a fan of his music but it fits perfectly with this film.
As a man who grew up watching prison films of all kinds it was refreshing to see a take not involving the usual. Yes there were yard fights and scrapping but luckily not much else of the horrible side of prison we come to know from shows like OZ. Regardless of what many may think Jamesy Boy is a great film all the way through and I’m pleased to be able to share my thoughts on it with all of you. We are so much into the wow factor these days that people seem to have no desire to watch a film like this but they are so wrong. Yes there are things that are very Stagnant about Jamesy Boy but for a film based on a true story it;s way more believable than Alpha Dog. I think you will appreciate the simplicity of this movie and it it will allow you to really enjoy iut. Each character although unique are people you could run across everyday and none of the actors did anything to turn you otherwise.
A solid story, superb acting, mixed with an urban landscape in sight and sound makes Jamesy Boy one of the more solid films to start 2014. I heard the actual person James Burns co produced this film and is now working on a short film of his own. My hats off to the guy as he could have not made it . It;’s one of the lessons you get from the film. You have to be thankful for the opportunities before you but how you handle those chances can make or break you in this world. Jamesy Boy is a film I can't wait to show my son when he grows up so he can see no matter how down and out you may believe you are, if you have heart you always have a chance. Not too many films can deliver a message like that and that particular reason is one that makes Jamesy Boy a must see film of 2014.
Jamesy Boy is directed by Trevor White and stars James Woods, Mary-Louise Parker, Ving Rhames,Taissa Farmiga, Taboo and Spencer Lofranco. It is avaible on demand now and in theaters today. Jamesy Boy is being distributed by Phase 4 Films/XLrator Media.