Short Term 12 Reviews
It is brilliantly acted and the troubled and complicated characters all manage to be somehow likeable.
Very original, engaging and emotional drama. Not the kind of setting you see covered too frequently and it is done in a very sensitive, non-judgemental manner. While initially seeming a dry subject, you get drawn in by the backstories, the interactions and the issues involved.
The plot threatens to go down a predictable, safe and cliched route from time-to-time but then constantly surprises you with its originality and focus.
Great work by Brie Larson as Grace, showing early indications of the form that deservedly won her an Oscar 2-3 years later for Room. Solid work to from John Gallagher Jr (of Newsroom fame) as Mason. Cast also includes Rami Malek, who was later to star in Mr Robot, as Nate.
Brie Larson may have received more attention for Room, but ST12 is a far superior film in my eyes and has a handful of scenes that will have any viewer sitting quietly in their chair, their finger hovering over the pause button, in order to try and process what the movie just taught them.