'The Kid', is, as the synopsis says, based on the remarkable tru-life story of Kevin Lewis, about his personal journey from the most horrendous of upbringings through a life in organised crime, through revenge and ultimate redemption. Believe me, it's not a life you'd want to live. Although I docked this one star becasue I felt Natasha McElhone's portrayal as his mother was the weakest link in the film, the tale of how Kevin as a child - beaten, bitten, bed-wetting, feral child, rarely shown any moments of basic human kindness, is scarcely beleivable, and yet true. Indeed, the violence meted out on Kevin apparently was toned down for the film - I must single out the excellent performance of Augustus Prew as the teenage Kevin in particular, here. Prew displays an uncanny ability to portray the teenage Kevin, in all his monosyllabic, friendless and vulnerable character with warmth, and the way that Ioan Grunnford as the teacher who actually saw him as not simply a hopeless case and with a grain of decency in his character, a spark worth fanning into something remarkable, is terrific, and I defy you not to be almost moved to tears by it. Rupert Friend is brilliant in visioning the adult Kevin, too.
It is not a film that will be to everyone's taste, and the violence is graphic, but in the end, it is a fine piece of British film-making. Highly recommended.