Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Short Term 12 Review - 3½ Stars

“Short Term 12” enters the world of foster children in an extraordinary way.  Bree Larson plays a young social worker who bonds with new teen resident Kaitlyn Dever.  Their friendship leads Bree to confront issues in her own life.  Those issues in turn lead to a breakthrough for the at risk teen.  A sub plot involving Bree’s relationship adds to the power of this film.  Shot on a low-budget with no special effects, it tells a compelling story and avoids falling into sentiment or soap opera.  Bree Larson’s performance makes you appreciate her deep talent.  This short 90 minute drama will stay with you long after you leave the theater.  Does it deliver what it promises?  At risk teen and adult drama.  Is it entertaining?  Compelling.  Is it worth the price of admission?  Well worth while.