There might not be anything besides language that differentiates Boy 7 from American dystopian teen cinema—it’s even based on a bestselling book!—but the intersections between the films are bound to make it an easygoing ride for most audiences. (Amen to you, Katniss, Tris, and Sam for working together to make subtitles cool!) Boy 7, like its Hollywood counterparts, envisions a dark, cold, and steely world where the youth are guinea pigs for a larger experiment in social control as Sam discovers when he retraces the shards of his memory back to a hacking stint that landed him in prison. The prison, however, is really an elaborate charade for experiments and training regimes that turn mildly delinquent youths into drones and pawns.
Rating: ★★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
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