It’s the early 1980s and First Blood is awesome. And I’m not the only one that thinks so. Two British school lads have my back on this one. Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner) is shy and reserved. I should also mention that his family is part of some wack-a-doo sect called the Brethren, and his mother has headscarves in every shade of bland known to human kind.
Will is not allowed to watch TV, have outside friends, or do anything that even remotely resembles fun. There is, however, a little rebellious streak somewhere deep down inside. He makes flipbooks out of his notebooks, and the pages of his bible are covered with drawings of fantastic creatures and brilliant colors. It’s there; it just needs to be developed. Enter resident badass, Lee Carter (Will Poulter). He’s the worst kid in school—think Bart Simpson but without those wussy pangs of guilt or remorse when he does something really fucked up. Lee Carter steals and lies and uses his older brother’s video equipment to pirate movies.