The twist here is the notion that a child can embody murderous evil. He was not successful in murdering his sister; however he was successful in murdering his little brother while in the bath tub. Spoiler alert: After an unrelenting 87-minute's worth of tension and worry, it may be reassuring to know that, at the last minute, Henry's evil is revealed and resolved, albeit violently. But when Mark tries to warn Henry's parents of their son's homicidal tendencies, they refuse to listen to him. Susan pulls Mark up from the ledge and they look down upon Henry's corpse on the rocks below, before it is washed away into the ocean and they both share an emotional embrace.
The cliches of the over-dramatic ending are also a bit much. Archived from on December 31, 2012. Henry is always polite and well behaved around adults, and Mark's fears are attributed to the trauma of his recent loss. A young boy's mother dies of an illness. Mark almost falls out of a towering tree house, and then, led by Henry, stands on the edges of cliffs, walks around the rim of a deep well, runs down the railroad tracks, and eventually watches with horror as Henry kills a dog and later causes a highway crash by dropping a human form off a bridge. Director became attached, was appointed as a co-producer and McEwan was called in for rewrites. Synopsis tries for a change of pace playing a schoolyard psychotic in The Good Son.
The movie is rated R. This is not a suitable film for young viewers. After a supposed mishap on an icy pond with Henry's sister Connie Quinn Culkin , Mark tries to reveal Henry's crimes before it's too late. Horrified by her son's true nature, Susan tells Henry that he needs help but Henry flees into the woods. They fight and Henry viciously tries his best to kill Mark, but Mark gets the better of Henry.
One of Henry's violent actions is throwing a dummy off a bridge and on to the highway, causing a massive vehicle pileup. He tells of everything that he did, but says Mark had done it. Spoiler alert: After an unrelenting 87-minute's worth of tension and worry, it may be reassuring to know that, at the last minute, Henry's evil is revealed and resolved, albeit violently. A young boy's mother dies of an illness. Rated R for Violence and Language.
Susan Susan, who is Henrys mother, never thought her son had the capability to hurt anything or anyone. Henry begins to display psychopathic behavior, which Mark is unable to tell Wallace and Susan about due to Henry's dark threats. When Mark returns home to Arizona, he reflects upon Susan's choice to save him instead of Henry and wonders if she would make the same choice again but knows it is something he will never ask her. They are allowed to roam freely all over the island, which seems to have been designed as a series of death traps for kids. As he lays groundwork to blame his crimes on his visiting cousin Mark , he makes the case that no adults will believe stories of what he's done. After doing all these things, Henry never feels guilty or bad about anything he does, which is an extremely common trait from children with conduct disorder since they have no remorse.
This progress was suddenly interrupted when , 's father and manager, at the time a notoriously influential force in Hollywood due to the child's stardom, wanted his son to star in the film. The boy puts on an act of sweetness and empathy but at his core he's cruel, unfeeling, and murderous. Mark almost falls out of a towering tree house, and then, led by Henry, stands on the edges of cliffs, walks around the rim of a deep well, runs down the railroad tracks, and eventually watches with horror as Henry kills a dog and later causes a highway crash by dropping a human form off a bridge. Rated R for Violence and Language. Mark sees no way out except to try to defend and rescue Henry's parents and sister from the threat Henry poses to them. Mark Evans Elijah Wood is a twelve year old boy whose mother dies of cancer. Director Lehmann and producer Mark conflicted with the imposition, leading both to leave the project.
The next morning, Mark awakens to find Henry has taken Connie ice skating. As the movie was originally scheduled to shoot at the same time as Home Alone 2, the start date for The Good Son was pushed back for a year, making Steenburgen no longer available and having her replaced by but also enabling 's involvement. In the novel, Henry's mother Susan eventually discovers that Henry is unable to understand emotions like love and sorrow and that pleasure derived from selfish actions and the torment of others are the few things he truly feels. Henry confesses by asking her what if he did. The boy also creates a human-sized doll that he throws onto highway traffic to maliciously create a 10-car pile-up. He also starts to display violent behavior and insinuates he may harm his younger sister Connie. The film was briefly set up at , during which was attached as director.
It's implied that a boy has poisoned his family's food. Lying flat on the rock she hangs on to both boys, one in each hand. As Susan dangles precariously, Henry picks up a large rock he intends to throw down at her but Mark intervenes and tackles him. A 12-year-old boy from Arizona. Susan confronts Henry, asking him if he killed Richard. Henry asks a suspicious Susan to go for a walk with him, while Mark escapes the den and chases after them.
Shortly after his father goes on a business trip and leaves him with his aunt and uncle in Maine. Someone is pushed off a cliff and a dog is shot with a homemade crossbow. It had once belonged to Richard and was with him in the bathtub the night he drowned, after which it went missing. Despite the draw of young performers, some teens may find this too intense. The story begins with the death of the hero's mother.