Movie Review: Short Term 12

I wrote a movie review of Short Term 12 starring Brie Larson. Really moving film.

The Cinnamon Roll

By Benjamin Ho

It is quite fitting that the Perspectives Film Festival’s opening film is one that emphasises learning to see a person’s life through their own eyes. Short Term 12 depicts a temporary home for troubled teenagers, exploring life in their shoes as well as life in the shoes of the twentysomething staff who run the home. Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s second feature-length film after I Am Not A Hipster, Short Term 12 was inspired by his experiences in a group facility for teenagers.

The film chooses to use a cold open, leaving you guessing as to the exact nature of the home for a while. Cretton’s modus operandi for your discovery of the world of Short Term 12 is through mostly showing and a bit of telling – snippets of conversation between kids and the staff, and around-the-door camera angles that seem to put you in the eyes of a new worker…

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