'The Boy Behind the Door' Is a Terrifying and Realistic Journey
From the moment The Boy Behind the Door begins, with a bird’s eye view of a lone car gliding its way down a forested road somewhere in South Dakota, a sense of dread settles over the film. That sharp feeling only intensifies when the trunk of the car is opened, revealing two terrified young boys, Bobby (This Is Us‘ Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey). Sweaty, breathless, and bound and gagged together, their kidnapper appears suddenly, ripping Kevin from the vehicle, leaving Bobby behind.
Six hours earlier, Bobby and Kevin, who have dubbed themselves “best friends to the end,” are seen walking down a sunny path toward their basketball game, dreaming about the future. However, in just an instant, their childhood innocence and naivety are snatched away, as an unknown assailant captures them. A baseball mitt left behind is the only indication that they may have been there. It is also the last time the film will have any light.
‘The Boy Behind the Door’ is dark and shadowy
After Kevin is snatched out of the trunk, Bobby, who is obviously the more resilient of the two, makes his escape. He runs away from the house at first, seemingly to find help. However, after hearing Kevins’s cries and pleading, he turns back, determined to get his friend out.
Though eery and often challenging to watch, The Boy Behind the Door’s plot appears to be predictable at first. It’s obvious why the boys have been stolen away, and the home has that ...
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