Boot Camp (film)

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Boot Camp
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Directed byChristian Duguay
Produced byChad Oakes
Michael Frislev
Christian Duguay
Written byJohn Cox
Agatha Dominik
StarringMila Kunis
Gregory Smith
Peter Stormare
Christopher Jacot
Tygh Runyan
Colleen Rennison
Regine Nehy
Grace Bauer
Music byNormand Corbeil
CinematographyChristian Duguay
Edited bySylvain Lebel
CD Films
Edgey Productions
Nomadic Pictures
Distributed byMGM Home Entertainment
Release date
  • April 18, 2008 (2008-04-18) (Greece)
  • August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
United States

Boot Camp, also released in the UK as Punishment,[2] is a 2008 psychological thriller film written by Agatha Dominik and John Cox and directed by Christian Duguay.[3][4][5]

The film's working title was Straight Edge[6][7] and it was shot in Fiji as the first film to utilize the southwest Pacific Ocean island country's five-year-old incentive program that had been designed to create jobs while building a film production infrastructure.[8][9] It is about teenagers sent to a rehabilitation camp (in Fiji) who are then abused and brainwashed.[3] The film stars Mila Kunis, Gregory Smith and Peter Stormare.[3] Filming began on October 2, 2006 in Fiji[10] and then continued in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.[11]

The film was released on DVD internationally in 2008 and in the U.S. on August 25, 2009.[3]


This film is the story of a group of unruly teenagers whose parents send them to a rehabilitation boot camp to turn them around. The camp collects each child individually, then delivers them to the boot camp facility owned by Dr. Arthur Hail, on a remote island in Fiji. There are no walls to stop the teenagers from leaving, but escape is impractical due to the surrounding sea. On arriving at the camp, the teenagers are forced to wear cuffs with sensors around their ankles—if they attempt to escape, security will be alerted.

The main teenagers featured are Sophie, her boyfriend Ben, Danny and Trina. As time passes on the island, Sophie rebels against Dr. Hail and once Ben joins her, the two escape to a nearby island. However, they are recaptured and Ben is told he will be sent home. One morning, while on a run, Logan has the male teenagers go swimming. However, Danny, who can't swim, drowns and Logan tries to get Ben to help cover it up by threatening him with solitary confinement, but Ben refuses.

Meanwhile, Sophie discovers that Logan has raped Trina and when Logan is put before the camp to admit responsibility for Danny's death, she reveals this to the rest of the teenagers, many of whom also were offered yellow shirts by Logan in exchange for sex. As the teenagers surround Logan, Sophie turns the attention onto Hail, at which point Ben announces to the shocked teenagers that this isn't the first death to occur on a camp run by Dr. Hail.

The teenagers run amok and burn down the entire campsite. In addition, they go after Logan, who dies when his Toyota Land Cruiser[12] crashes into a burning building. At this point they turn their attention solely to Hail, who tries to shoot them in the hope that he can restore order. However, after finding out his gun wasn't loaded, he is thrown into solitary confinement, to be left for the police to arrest. As the film fades out, we see images of the teenagers celebrating freedom and swimming in the ocean. A message also appears on screen stating that since the 1970s, when these type of camps were introduced in real life, over 40 deaths have occurred.



Critical response[edit]

Choi Jung-in of South Korea's JoongAng Daily wrote, "From the outset, director Christian Duguay makes it clear that Boot Camp is based on true events. ...I loved Duguay's message that children should never be abused under the pretext of parental love."[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-01-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, details for Boot Camp, accessed 01-25-2009
  2. ^ "Punishment [DVD]: Mila Kunis, Gregory Smith, Peter Stormare, Regine Nehy, Alejandro Rae, Christopher Jacot, Tygh Runyan, Matthew Smalley, Colleen Rennison, Barbara Gates Wilson, Christian Duguay: DVD & Blu-ray". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  3. ^ a b c d e "[DVD Review]When tough love doesn't work-INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily". 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  4. ^ Archived February 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Boot Camp, accessed 01-24-2009
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  7. ^ "Boot Camp (2009) - Overview". 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  8. ^ "CBSi". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  9. ^ Kenny, Glenn. "Movie Reviews - The New York Times". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  10. ^ Sports Shooter, by Chris Large (January 30, 2007), "Boot Camp in Fiji", freelance photographer Chris Large writes of his adventures for Sports Shooter, accessed 01-25-2009
  11. ^ Hollywood Up Close Archived February 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Boot Camp, accesses 01-24-2009
  12. ^ "Toyota Land Cruiser J40 1980". Internet Movie Cars Database. Retrieved 2016-11-17.

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