Booster (2012) (DVD Review)
Director: Matt Ruskin
Where to get it: Echo Bridge
On the streets of Boston, Simon shoplifts to pay his bills and support his aging grandmother. It’s not glamorous, but it’s work. His older brother, Sean, is in a bigger, more dangerous game—the kind that lands him in serious trouble. When it looks like Sean might be locked up for good, Simon must decide how far he is willing to go to help his brother and ultimately, what kind of man he wants to be.
In the movie Booster we join a character named Simon that isn’t what you would call a bad guy by any means, but he is in a bad situation that forces him to do some bad things. In this trip into this man’s life we can’t help but feel sorry for him and we also can’t help but feel pity as things go from OK to bad for him during the film. This makes for an interesting story that really does a fine job of connecting with the viewer. It is what I’d call simple but very effective storytelling. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles, but it still gets to the point.
Now if there was an issue people could take with the film it could be the slightly abrupt ending that it has. I am a big fan of independent movies and I am use to the sometimes awkward endings that they have. That being the case this wasn’t a big deal with me, but it did leave me wanting at least a little more. The more mainstream raised audience might take bigger issue with it overall. That still doesn’t take away from the plot, acting, and overall good story that Booster tells.