Lost Kings

Neglect? Poverty? The reason why there is no food in the house two young boys are living in is never really dealt with. I guess, in the end it doesn’t really matter.

Home from somewhere, the older brother (Dash Melrose- appeared in an episode of Little First Everywhere) plans to make some food for he and his younger brother (Jacob M. Wade). There are no parents around. He puts a pot of water on the stove then opens a cupboard to find nothing there. If they are going to eat he is going to need to get some food.

First stop is a convenience store. He is going to steal some food, but the guy (Brett Bower – Bringing Up Bobby) working there sees him so he flees. Driving his bike around the neighbourhood, he sees a family leave their house, so he figures he has time to do what he needs to while they are gone.

Once inside he begins by heading to the kitchen and taking some food. He then heads upstairs and starts looking through closets and bedrooms. Obvious checking things out in an envious way. Seeing plenty of things that he does not have in his house. While doing that the mother (Cassie Self – Sweet Inspirations), teenage daughter (Jo Ashley Moore) and younger brother (Max Michael – first film) come home, leaving him trapped inside the house.

Written and directed by American Brian Lawes (Tempo, Rock Paper Scissors), it is a short film clocking in at around 14 minutes with the last few minutes truly being of the heart in your mouth variety. Though the young boy is doing something illegal you really don’t want him to be caught as you understand why he is doing it. You know he is taking the food so he can feed his younger brother. He has had to grow up young due to the circumstances.

You feel for him as he has obviously been forced into what he is doing. Plus he seems to really love his younger brother wanting to take care of him. Despite the fact that he could have gone in and quickly taken the food he needs, he is distracted. Betraying his youth, he is distracted by the things this family owns.

The combination of a film which looks great, a story which will melt even the most frozen of hearts and a young lead actor who does a marvellous job of having the viewer connect to his character without saying much adds up to a great 14 minutes.

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