Starting from scratch never tasted so good.
I remember the first time I saw the Fast and the Furious, and how it made me feel after leaving the theatre. By the time the credits rolled, I wanted to get into my car and drive…fast. Unfortunately at the time, I was just barely fourteen years-old and not even able to drive, let alone drive fast. Since then, there have been five more entries to the Fast franchise, a tragic death within the series and an upcoming seventh entry that will no doubt pay homage to the late, great racing action star Paul Walker. Obvious comparisons from this film will be made to the Fast film franchise, but I can assure you that Need for Speed will gracefully race near to, if not speed right in front of the series that made street racing cool.
It isn’t uncommon that after I leave a deeply affecting, emotional roller-coaster of a film that I am left speechless. Contrary to its title, the effects that Short Term 12 leaves you with are anything but short term. In what has become one of the most personal films of 2013, has also been one of my most challenging reviews to write. Ironically enough, Short Term 12 is also one of the most rewarding and mandatory films of the year. Thankfully, there is just too much to share about writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton film that can’t be left unsaid. The film tenderly explores the lives of tormented souls who have faced and are forced to conquer the lasting repercussions of sexual and other violent abuse. For that, Short Term 12 is a weary yet rewarding film that refuses to beg for empathy. Instead it chooses to be a galvanic and delicate narrative intent on telling a story right. More below!