SHORT TERM 12

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 7, 2013

“Short Term 12” is a mass of emotions, brought to life by a superior eye for film-making and some subtle yet high caliber performances from everyone involved. The film follows Grace (Brie Larson) as she supervises a home for at-risk teens. With each interaction, at work and home, a new set of issues is at hand, progressing naturally and hauntingly to the breaking point for our leading actress. Directors don’t just stumble upon strong emotions like these; they are masterfully honed and developed by a keen touch and existing emotions ready to evoke. Brie Larson does an expert job of portraying these emotions, thoughtfully, absorbing the content and expressing it with a believability that keeps the film on course and never over the top.

The supporting roles create a strong emotional foundation for the film. With excellent showings from the at-risk teens in Kaitlyn Dever, Keith Stanfield, Alex Calloway, and Kevin Hernandez, all of these young actors take their somewhat small roles and carry them to the next level, with understated emotional responses to their surroundings. John Gallagher Jr. balances out Larson’s performance with some much needed comic relief. Independent films can be mixed-bag, relying heavily on the director’s competence and the resonance of their voice alongside the cast and how versatile and emphatic they are in their performance. “Short Term 12” is easily one of the most influential independent films of the year and spells a long successful career ahead for both Brie Larson and director Destin Cretton.

RELEASE DATE
August 23, 2013

DIRECTOR
Destin Daniel Cretton

WRITTEN BY
Destin Daniel Cretton

STUDIO
Cinedigm

R
(for language and brief sexuality)

DRAMA
96 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Brett Pawlak

COMPOSER
Joel P. West

EDITOR
Nat Sanders

CAST
Brie Larson
John Gallagher, Jr.
Kaitlyn Dever
Rami Malek
Lakeith Stanfield
Kevin Hernandez
Melora Walters
Stephanie Beatriz

PRODUCED BY
Maren Olson
Asher Goldstein
Joshua Astrachan
Ron Najor

BUDGET
>$1 million

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