96 Minutes (2012)



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96 Minutes is the spellbinding story of a carjacking and four kids caught in the hair-raising chaos of one night. The story builds to a thrilling climax as it intercuts between the car and the beginning of that day, following the separate stories of each kid - where they come from, who they are, and how they all ended up in one car on this fateful night. With incredible performances by a young cast, this riveting moral tale touches on the issues of race, class, friendship and our connections to our past. Not all of them are innocent, not all of them survive, but in these 96 minutes the choices they each make will change their lives forever. -- (C) Official Site
R (for violent content and pervasive language)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Elena Varela
as ER Doctor
Adam Trahan
as Michael
Justin Martin
as Raymond
Tyrone Rivers
as Rodger
Sonja Perryman
as Dre's Teacher
Anna Enger
as Rachel
Sylvia Jeffries
as Kevin's Mom
Charles Van Eman
as Professor
Hosea Chanchez
as Officer Grooms
Charles Black
as Convenience Store Clerk
Michael Scialabba
as Cop at Hospital
Sope Aluko
as Prison Worker
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Critic Reviews for 96 Minutes

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

The plot doesn't spiral; it falls with a thud and then just lies there.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
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Full Review… | April 26, 2012
New York Times
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"96 Minutes" is a mere introduction to Sociology 101, but it's brisk enough to rustle the reading list and keep the conversation alive.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The talented Mr. Ross makes Dre's panic and adrenaline-fueled behavior all too believable. You watch as he sees his horizons dim. What could be sadder?

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
New York Times
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The feature debut of writer-director Aimee Lagos, the film feels overstuffed and overcooked, as if the filmmaker were trying to get too much out all in one go.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Like 21 Grams minus the breadth, acting, or visual style, Aimee Lagos' first feature follows two pairs of friends on a collision course.

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
AV Club
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Audience Reviews for 96 Minutes

A decent little indie drama showing a carjacking from both the victim and perpetrator point of view. It all comes together with the downfall of a young man who was trying to do right, but was hanging with the wrong people at the wrong time.

Don Schick
Don Schick

96 minutes is a story of two boy from the poor side of town and their fatal collision one night with two privileged girls in a carjacking gone wrong. There isn't much to say about this one; its got a Crash vibe to it where it analyzes people in a sociological aspect, often using flashbacks. Unlike Crash however, these sequences are abrupt and choppily placed in the movie and it could get disorienting. My main criticism is the poor acting jobs. Brittany Snow is adaquet, but the real weakness is the two male leads. Evan Ross at times is okay, but he often delivers his dialogue in a forced manner. Trautmann portrays am obnoxious wannabe gangster, and he could be absolutely terrible, constantly yelling and spitting words as he tried to talk tough, making him difficult to understand. It was just a tedious film overall, despite not the poorest of setups regarding suspension building. I was too annoyed to care about the film and it wasn't as intelligent as I hoped.

David Jin
David Jin

They're not where you're from, they're from where you've been. Two kids from the wrong side of the tracks and broken homes are trying to make the best of life. One kid tries to do better through school and education and the other kid tries to join a gang and prove himself. The good kid tries to convince the other kid to change his life, but he gets caught in the middle of a bad situation that will impact their lives forever. "None of your business is where I've been, you little bitch." Aimee Lagos, who worked on the A Man Apart and Big Fish projects, delivers 96 Minutes in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is very compelling and even better knowing that it is a true story about some kids in St. Louis. I loved how it all unfolded and the acting was way better than I anticipated. The cast includes Brittany Snow, Evan Ross, David Oyelowo, Anna Enger, Christian Serratos, and J. Michael Troutmann. "You took something from me I'll never have back. I hate you." I was actually surprised I liked this movie so much. I really liked the way each character's story is told and even the subplots of the uncle and nephew was fascinating and well presented. Overall, this is a current coming of age drama that is definitely worth your time and a must see. "Don't kiss her so hard you'll scare her." Grade: B+/A- (8.25)

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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