"Crime doesn't pay, but there can be light at the end of the tunnel"
For one James Burns, life couldn't have been more difficult as a teenager. We're talking tough to the point that schools won't even accept you because your bad behavior precedes your academic scores. The kind of bad that would make someone's mom say, "Hey, don't play with that kid because he's trouble".
"Jamesy Boy" is a film that shares some of the experiences James faced as a young man throughout his street and prison life. Interesting story, want to find out more? Let's Unhinge...
What's it all about?
So the movie is more than just a film based on how hard James's life was as a teenager because it also shows how he grew to become a man. When we're young, we don't know everything and for some of us, we lead with our emotions rather than a cooler head. James was not the cool-headed kid that could just walk away, he had to confront his challenges with equal aggression.
Now the "Jamesy Boy" movie doesn't show Burn's story from birth, but merely points to the fact that he never received any awards for good conduct. We simply pick up with James, played by Spencer Lofranco, at a point when his mother is attempting to enroll him in a new school. You can tell by the looks on the faculty's faces that wouldn't allow him to walk their halls any sooner than they'd let Michael Vick teach Humanities.
So what's a young teen to do when he's rejected by the academic institution? Well, he could sit home on house arrest or do what he knows best. Anyone care to guess what that is?
Hopefully, you've come to this conclusion, but if you haven't the correct answer is "Getting into more trouble"! Yep, it's not long before 'Jamsey Boy' here finds another group of knuckleheads to mix it up with and lands face first into a world of drugs and guns. It's almost uncanny how traits less desired by the general population can make you excel in a criminal empire.
You like knocking out people and making money? Become muscle in a gang. Do you like lying to police and making money? Become a drug dealer. Do you manipulate men and women for your own personal gain? Become a pimp.
It's crazy when you think about it, but we're getting a little off-topic here. Back to "Jamsey Boy".
Okay, so James gets in with the wrong crowd and before you know it, he's back behind metal bars. Now, this time it's different because he's not in juvie, he's in with the big fish. We're talking muscle-bound hard time lifer "Big Fish" like Conrad(Rhames), who could kill someone and go back to finishing a bowl of cornflakes. Yeah, it's that serious!
Any-who, while on the inside, James is tested and tested again. Each challenge increases his risk of never leaving his iron casket, but what will it take for James to finally see the light? It's not his mom because she's not strong enough, so where will James find his strength to rise above?
Now as to be expected, there has been a lot of down-talk and negative remarks about this film. Some people are complaining that it's not a unique story or "blah blah yada yada". We say watch this film for yourself to get an accurate perspective on Jamsey Boy's story.
We enjoyed this film, but then again, we like movies with an independent spirit that show a different perspective on life. That's just us, but it could also be you as well :p
So in short, watch this movie and appreciate the beauty you have in life because it could always be worse.
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