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White Boy Rick: The True Story Of The Youngest Undercover FBI Informer

A former Royal Marine interviews director Yann Demange on his new film.

White Boy Rick CREDIT Sony Pictures

Richies Merritt and Matthew McConaughey star in the film (Picture: Sony Pictures).

White Boy Rick is the compelling true story of the youngest person ever recruited by the FBI as an undercover informant.

Rick is a teenager growing up in poverty in 1980's Detroit, which is at the peak of the crack epidemic and becomes the battleground for the authorities crackdown on drugs.

He makes a living with his single-parent father by illegally selling guns, which inevitably attracts the attention from the FBI.

In a deal to avoid imprisonment for his father, Rick Jr agrees to become an undercover drug informant. 

But the lure of easy money is too tempting and he himself becomes a drug dealer.

What transpires is an ethical oversight, not just on the side of the criminals, but also from the side of the law. 

Former Royal Marine Cassidy Little spoke with the director Yann Demange about the making of this gritty movie...

After seeing the film Cassidy had this to say:

"This film is made up of a fantastic class, with names such as Matthew McConaughey in the mix. 

But it is actually the younger generation that actually shines in this film. 

Richie Merritt as Rick Jr and Bel Powley as Dawn, a brother and sister character combo, absolutely nail this stuff.  

Merritt is great - completely convincing. But Powley is also a very convincing character that has a complex journey.

The scenery shots of Detroit are very humbling.

You can understand why crime is the only real way out when you indulge in the grimy scenery shots that director Yann Demange recreated.

To top it all off, there is a subtle message in this film. 

Being born into a world where crime is the only option, maybe we outside of desperate poverty should not be as judgmental as we often are about this situation.

Now, with all that said, the movie felt a little like a welfare version of the Johnny Depp film 'Blow'. And although the acting was fine, I did not really feel like I was empathetic towards any of them.

Yes, it's based on a true story so I should be completely in awe of the fact that any of this was actually allowed to happen. 

But I wasn't. I don't know why, but I wasn't."

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