Another hit from Stephen King; these words need to be printed on most of his adaptations . I really do not get how he can find inspiration to write such interesting stories. His writing style connects the reader to protagonists fairly easily and this same connection happened in the movie. This one is about a young boy that accidentally discovers wanted Nazi war criminal and then blackmails him. The old saying goes fuck with the bull and you get the horns, so if he thought he can outsmart an experienced member of a Nazi war machine, he better think again. He will learn much about life and his environment through contact with this almost lovable man.

Excellent movie with an amazing performance of Ian McKellen; Gandalf really kicked ass in this one. Directing and camera work could be better, but the story is something that in combination with excellent performances of the actors overshadows everything. The kid is a bit annoying at times but I guess that created a better chemistry between him and the Nazi. I have not read the novel, so I cannot compare the two, only thing I can say is that the movie is definitely worth watching. It also delves deeper into the fascination with Nazi soldiers and charismatic, manipulative authority figures. In these turbulent times when racism is on the rise, Apt Pupil can serve as a lesson.

Director: Bryan Singer

Cast: Brad Renfro, Ian McKellen, Joshua Jackson, David Schwimmer, James Karen

Fun Stuff: When Stephen King learned that Bryan Singer was to direct, he sold the film rights for just $1.


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