Boy called Twist

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"The Story of a Cape Town street-kid, based on Dickens' classic novel Oliver Twist"
  • TV-PG
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • 6.5  (169)

Boy called Twist is a 2004 South African movie that takes the viewer through the journey of a disadvantaged boy named Twist. The movie presents a story of a young orphan boy who gets caught up in a world of gangsters and streetwise characters. The movie begins with Twist sleeping in a makeshift bed in a dingy shack. Twist (played by Jarrid Geduld), is a young boy with a spirited personality and a passion for writing. Despite his challenging circumstances, Twist is quite optimistic and views the world with innocence and curiosity.

Twist's world turns upside down when he meets a group of streetwise guys; Marlin (Bart Fouche), Gereon (Dawid Minnaar), and Pops (Lionel Newton). These guys convince Twist to join their crew, promising him a better life. In a bid to make more money, the group gets involved in numerous criminal activities, including muggings and stealing.

Amid the flurry of criminal activities, Twist meets a sassy girl named Nicky (played by Lesley Fong). Nicky is a free spirit whose rebellious nature seems to mirror Twist's. As Twist tries to navigate the complicated world of teenage relationships, he finds himself getting into deeper trouble with the law.

The movie's cinematography captures the dark and gritty streets of Cape Town's townships. It gives a sense of the environment in which the characters live, and the challenges they face. The movie's soundtrack sets the mood for the film, with a mix of classic African music, hip hop, and rap.

The director of the movie, Tim Greene, aimed to make a movie that highlighted the challenges that South African youths face in the streets. The movie presents a bleak picture of life in the townships, with poverty, drugs, and crime being constant themes. The characters' lives are plagued by challenges, with each day bringing a new problem.

The movie has a poignant message about the power of art in transforming lives. Twist's passion for writing gives him an escape from the harsh reality of his life. His writing fuels his hopes and dreams of a better life, and the desire to escape his circumstances

At the center of the movie is Jarrid Geduld's captivating performance as Twist. Geduld's portrayal of Twist is authentic and raw, bringing to life the character's curiosity, vulnerability, and optimism. Lesley Fong's Nicky is another standout performance, injecting a spirit of rebellion and hope into the movie.

Boy called Twist is a movie that showcases the challenges that African youths face in the townships. The movie brings to life the world of crime, where young people are entangled in criminal activities as a way of survival. At the same time, the movie highlights the power of art and the importance of having a dream to aspire to.

In conclusion, Boy called Twist is a movie that tells a compelling story of a disadvantaged boy's journey through life. The movie highlights the reality of life in the townships, with crime, poverty, and drugs being ever-present themes. However, the movie also highlights the power of art and the importance of having a dream to aspire to, even amidst the darkest of circumstances.

Boy called Twist is a 2004 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 55 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.

Boy called Twist
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    1 hr 55 min
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    6.5  (169)