Seeing these lads, with their acne and their bumfluff, pondering a life behind bars, is heartbreaking. And numerous questions are raised about the absurdity of various aspects of the US justice system. And yet the fact remains. These kids killed a man and what the film fails to achieve is any really profound insight into the unique pathology of very young children who commit serious crimes.
It goes without saying that the gun laws aren’t examined either (despite the origins of Colt’s name), but then no one really expects Americans to make a sane, rational connection between gun possession and gun violence any more, do they? Interesting and thought provoking, but something of a missed opportunity.
Bao Fa Garden
This Chinese restaurant (previously known as Zen China) certainly boasts a cracking South Bank setting - it's at County Hall, a few doors down from the London Eye. Grab the right seat and you'll get some very decent views of the river, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge - it all looks great lit at night. Expect a food menu comprising fusion dishes from across China. That means dishes such as stir-fried lobster with ginger and spring onion, prawn with lychee and peanut, crispy chicken wrapped with shrimp and served with sweet and sour sauce, and pan-seared scallop with black bean sauce. Dim sum also features, including har gau, siu mai, char siu buns and wild mushroom with puff pastry. A short wine list features bottles from France, Chile, New Zealand, Italy and Argentina, served alongside a selection of Chinese rice wines and liqueurs.