Innocent Boy holds no prisoners. Writer/director Brock Cravy isn’t here to hold our hand through this and tell us everything will be ok.
Jenkins is perfect in the role of young Penny, whose eyes are always desperately searching for love and affection in the dark, hopeless place he now calls home.
When a murderous cowboy (Kamy D. Bruder) rolls into town, young Penny quickly sees this as an opportunity to feed the physical and emotional hunger that has been ignored by the neglectful Momma, and mocked by his physically and verbally abusive brother in trade, Cooter (Ian Michaels).
We sit in complete discomfort as we experience every bit of Penny’s desperation and emptiness. This is a beautifully shot, terrifying narrative of greed, hunger and deprivation.
Michael Vincent Berry is exceptionally terrifying as the psychotic and neglectful Momma, who dances in the dark, seemingly disconnected. Momma represents the excessive cupidity and corruption present in our society. When left to fend for themselves, Penny and his brother fight each other for scraps, and fall deeper into the clutches of Momma’s greed and corruption in the process.
Ian Michaels is convincing as Cooter, who readily succumbs to the pressures of corruption, while Kamy D. Bruder nails the unforgiving rage and lust of the murderous cowboy.