Based on the Australian writer Gordon Graham's highly acclaimed, award-winning play, 'The Boys' is set in the suburbs of Sydney and follows the life of Brett Sprague as he returns to his family after twelve months in prison. Brett finds life is slightly different after a year 'inside'. His brother Glenn has moved out with his girlfriend, his younger brother Stevie's pregnant girlfriend now lives with the family and his mother has taken a shine to a Maori drifter. Having lost the hold he once had over his family, Brett can no longer keep his anger and frustration at bay. Intent on restoring order and dominance, Brett soon wields his power in a most terrifying way.
Why does one watch a DVD? Sometimes there is an element of emotional escape from the unpleasant realities of life, sometimes an element of being entertained, sometimes to inspire or explore feelings. It is not in my opinion to be reminded of the most unpleasant things, bullying, fear and intimidation. These can be used to contrast or emphasise, or can be stylised. To have them in a bleak setting , with a dower plot, violently and grindingly portrayed is not why I watch a DVD and so after an hour I stopped.