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Hellion
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Hellion Movie Review

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD (Buy on Amazon)

Hellion is not a horror movie, despite the title. It is, in fact, a drama about an aimless boy who gets into all kind of trouble, forcing his deadbeat dad to get his act together, if only sort of, to save him from doing even worse things.

Aaron Paul stars as the dad and Josh Wiggins as the boy in what is a well acted, easy to watch but ultimately shrugworthy tale of redemption. Or something like that.

Paul turns in a fine performance; you feel for his character despite his fuck-ups, because at heart he is a guy who cares... He just doesn't know how to do what is expected of him. Paul shows perhaps the best range of his career here.

Wiggins is also good, though his character's guarded temperament doesn't lend well to emotional range, let alone allowing the audience to connect with him.

And that very may be while Hellion works at a superficial level but never resonates any deeper, despite the story's potential. To blame Wiggins isn't right; the problem lays largely in the screenplay, which fails to express the boy's motivations very well, leaving the audience scratching for more substance. Where the movie largely succeeds with Paul's character, it often fails with Wiggin's.

Hellion is a decent drama, though there have been other movies like this that have worked better. Still, the movie is proof that Paul does have a post-"Breaking Bad" career (Need for Speed definitely didn't do that).

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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