It isn't that updating Oliver Twist
by populating Charles Dickens' classic tale of Victorian youth in extremis
with contemporary teenage hustlers is a bad idea. But it's been done before, and while actor-turned-director Jacob Tierney's grim and calculatedly grubby film is certainly better than 1997's TWISTED, it feels shopworn from the start. The fact that there's not a lot to it beyond the overworked central conceit only make matters worse. Tierney shifts the setting from foggy London to the frozen fringes of Toronto, where naïve hicks from the sticks drift in hopes of escaping the boredom or abuse of their homes, only to wind up collecting like human ...