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King Jack

Directed by Felix Thompson

USA, 2015

HOME, 2 March 2016

King Jack

One way to approach King Jack is to view at it as an edgy, raw reworking of Stand by Me.

There is Jack (Charlie Plummer), a troubled adolescent who lives with his mother and elder brother, the father dead. Their vexed family is joined by a cousin, Ben (Cory Nichols), whose mother is ailing. We follow Jack and Ben’s fractious bonding.

It has a luminous immediacy, this excellent film. Violence erupts on screen a fair few times but – as threat, as possibility – it is in truth always present. Violence is social currency in this world. Incidentally, some allusion to Deliverance is in here as well.

This is better, way superior fare than most such coming-of-age films.