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Cast: Michelle Romano, Jimmy Scanlon, Don Tempesta, Christian Goodwin WITH Vinny Vella, Tiffany Shepis and Trudy Goodman
After a fatal accident occurs, Nathan Perry is assigned to the Milwood facility for young adults. During his time at Milwood, Nathan becomes a victim of unforeseen terror and unusual behavior.
After his parents are killed in a tragic car accident and because he has no other relatives to take care of him Nathan is taken to the Milwood facility for young adults. Nathan is having a hard time dealing with his loss and the only thing that keeps him going are his memories of the past with his parents. Milwood seems like a nice place at first but Nathan finds it hard to adjust to his new surroundings and even though he has no problem making a few new friends there is one other boy who seems to have it in for him and the two get in a fight which sends Nathan to see the school's dean Mr. Clemens who is not happy and decides to restrict Nathan to his room.
When Mr. Clemens begins thinking about sending Nathan to ward B the only person that is against it is Nathan's guidance counselor Judy. Ward B is off limits to the rest of the boys, it is a special ward where children that are considered trouble go. There are also rumors of it being haunted. Judy stands up for Nathan saying that he is just going through hard times and he only needs time to adjust but after Nathan gets into trouble a second time Mr. Clemens who has full authority decides to move Nathan to ward B without even telling Judy and when she calls him out on it he fires her.
Once Nathan is in lock down over at ward B he contacts Judy for help but her hands are tied unless Nathan can find out what is really go on inside the ward and document it. What he finds out is much more sinister than just a haunting.
"Milwood" starts out slow as it sets up the story and introduces us to its main characters. At first it appears to be a story about a boy who loses his parents and is moved to a place for young adults because there is no one else to take care of him but as it moves along it becomes clear that it is about much more than just that. The film does a fantastic job of hiding its secrets until the end which makes for a lot of mystery, suspense and tension. As the story moves along you begin to inch closer and closer to the edge of your seat and you remain there until the credits begin to roll.
One thing I loved about the film was that it makes you think and it requires that you have patience but unlike other films that do the same this one has an actual payoff. This is an amazing Mystery/Thriller that does not need gimmicks to make it chilling, the story alone does that. Another thing I loved about the film was its score which was perfect and at times very haunting.
And on to the acting, everyone did a great job including, Michelle Romano as Judy, Jimmy Scanlon as Mr. Clemens and Christian Goodwin who is brilliant as young Nathan in his acting debut.
When it comes to cinema "Milwood" is about as good as it gets, an intelligent and clever story, amazing acting and superb production values. There is no wonder the film won numerous awards. Lastly, a special mention goes out to Writer/Director, Jimmy Scanlon and Co-Director, Evan Goldman, a great job all around. I highly recommend checking "Milwood" out when you get the chance, you can follow it's progress by visiting the film's Facebook page HERE.
This is the kind of film that quickly gets in your head and stays there long after it is over so do not miss this gem.
Released by Roman Media Inc and Swimming Wings Productions Inc
***** Out Of *****