Reviewed byandyreading666Vote: 9/10/10
I gave this film a 9 due to sentimental reasons. As a parent of anautistic child, this film brought out the cruelty of human beings andalso the vulnerability.
The acting by the three stooges at times was a bit meh, but the actingof Danny was spot on.
I hope the film shows awareness towards people who are a bit different.Autism isn't a disease.
The film also shows those individuals as bullies. This is realityfolks.
A short film which shows the good and bad in people.
Reviewed byMattyGibbsVote: 8/10/10
Cruel Summer is very much along the lines of Eden Lake. A young adultwith autism goes camping for his Duke of Edinburgh award to findhimself at the mercy of a young thug with revenge on his mind.
This is a small budget film and a simple plot but nevertheless it'sextremely well made and always engrossing if exceptionallyuncomfortable viewing. I thought it was very realistic and all theactors involved did a great job. Danny Miller has received rave reviewsfor his performances in the British soap Emmerdale and it is clear thathe is a hugely talented actor that if he wants can go far. The rest ofthe cast are less well known but all convince.
I found this quite emotionally draining and pretty upsetting and itwill live long in the mind. The fact things like this happen makes itall the more sad. The ending was heartbreaking and beautifully done.
This is an unsettling film and not a film to necessarily enjoy as suchand therefore won't appeal to everyone. Still for those with thestomach for it this is a brutal but impressive film.
Reviewed byaleistad-1Vote: 1/10/10
Like another reviewer said, I suspect the producer's intention was acash in on gratuitous violence, rather than exploring the story andmaking a commentary. I do not mind tragic movies, but this was not doneright in my opinion. Inasmuch as it's based on a true story, this moviemust be very hurtful for the relatives of the protagonist.
Distasteful cinema and a missed opportunity. It just left me angered atthe filmmakers as much as the evil characters depicted. The latter weretoo simplistically portrayed. None of the actors were actually badthough.
Danny (Richard Pawulski), a teenager with autism, escapes the inner city for the beautiful countryside as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Little does he know, that bitter Nicholas (Danny Miller) is hunting him, stemming from a lie created by the enamoured and envious Julia (Natalie Martins) and Calvin (Reece Douglas). As the three close in on Danny, Nicholas' behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent, and Julia and Calvin must decide whether to go through with Nicholas' deadly plan.