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My Son

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Disjointed child abduction thriller has torture, language.

Movie R 2021 95 minutes
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The most notable aspect of this British abduction thriller is the fact that its leading actor was given no script and only had a brief outline of how the plot would play out. Sadly it also proves to be My Son's downfall. McAvoy's performance as Edmond -- the increasingly desperate father in search of his missing son -- is admirable, as was his decision to take on such an unconventional role. But it's also distracting, rather than realistic, which was presumably what writer and director Christian Carion was hoping for with this British remake of his own French film, Mon Garçon.

As Edmond bounces from one scene to the next, reacting to each clue one of his fellow characters may, or may not, send his way, the lack of structure makes for a confusing watch. By the end credits, questions that had been asked and story arcs that had been set up, remain unanswered and underdeveloped. The result is what feels like a mishmash of unfinished movies, when what was really desired was just a fully-functional one.

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