Director: Özgür Yildirim
Writer: Philip Delmaar, Marco van Geffen, Özgür Yildirim
Based on: Mirjam Mous’ novel which was also made into a Dutch film
Cast: David Kross, Emilia Schüle, Ben Münchow, Jens Harzer, Jörg Hartmann, Liv Lisa Fries
Seen on: 26.8.2015
Sam (David Kross) wakes up on subway tracks with no clue who he is or how he came to be there. He narrowly evades arrest, apparently he looks like a fugitive, and then tries to find out what happened to him. Following meager clues he finds Lara (Emilia Schüle) who also doesn’t remember who she is or who Sam is, and a diary that he seems to have written himself. A diary that tells him the story of an academy Kooperation X that deals with and educates gifted, but delinquent teenagers.
I pretty much stumbled on Boy7 by accident – I hadn’t even heard of the book before I saw a poster for the movie, nor did I know that there was also a Dutch film based on the same book that came out a couple of months earlier than this German version. But I thought it sounded right up my alley, so I gave it a try. And the film isn’t bad, even if it isn’t great or particularly innovative.
Boy7 combines many well-known SciFi genre elements: the boy who wakes up with no memories, the utopia that turns out not to be all that great, mind control, the scruff, pierced girl who is insightful, yet an outsider – to name but a few. That this mix of well-known tropes doesn’t exactly lead to a movie that dazzles with its twist and turns isn’t really surprise.
Nevertheless Boy7 is entertaining enough, manages to get up the tension and to be entertaining even if you can predict every beat of the story in advance. Most of that is due to the fact that both Sam and Lara are very likeable characters, nicely brought to life by Kross and Schüle (who is so pretty, her face alone is its own entertainment).
In that sense Boy7 is mostly proof that with competent filmmaking, you don’t need much originality to still make a decent, entertaining film. Will Boy7 stay forever in my mind? Did it floor me with its fresh take on SciFi? No and no. But I wasn’t bored once while I watched it, I liked the characters and it’s a good-looking film. Of course it would have been nice to get a little more (maybe there’s more to the book, I don’t know, I haven’t read it), but it was perfectly fine that there wasn’t.