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Carley (Brittany Snow) is a pre-law student who has father issues. She is a driver and wants to graduate with honors. Lena (Christian Serratos) has decided to leave her uncaring boyfriend Michael (Adam Trahan). Dre (Evan Ross) is in college and an escapee from a bad neighborhood. He thinks of himself as being part of the gang, when really he is a good kid. Kevin (Jonathan Michael Trautmann) is a white boy with an abusive home life. He will do anything to join a gang.
The film has good acting and a decent plot. The production seems to be aimed at helping would-be gangstas who are still in school and not old white guys like me. If you like the indie style, give it a view.
F-bomb, no sex, no nudity.
Without revealing much about the story, I can say in "96 Minutes" two separate stories about four young people Dre (Evan Ross), Kevin (Jonathan Michael Trautmann), Carley (Brittany Snow) and Lena (Christian Serratos), told in an interwoven narrative, converge as they all involved in one carjacking on a fateful night, either as victims or perpetrators.
Acting is solid and photography is realistic, but the narrative shifts back and forth in time more than necessary. The film feels far too calculated, lessening its emotional impact considerably. There is some suspense built up as to what he or she will do next, but the suspense doesn't have much to do with the narrative device the film employs.
What is the most disappointing is the characters that are little better than stereotypes. Moreover, we know what happens to one of the character (lying soaked in blood) in the film's opening five minutes. Considering the fine acting from the cast, "96 Minutes" would have been more effective with a conventional narrative style.
Anyone who assumes that racism has been eliminated ought to take the time to watch this movie. People of color in urban areas learn young that the deck is stacked against them - the police are not there to protect OR serve them. Most of the people they know &/or love end up dead or in prison before the age of 21. Many young males choose gangs over a community that seems to be very much about exclusion.
Violent acts compel me to ask why. This movie makes a good attempt at bringing these 4 characters to life. I liked knowing the carjackers as real people rather than repulsive, two dimensional monsters cut from boiler plate.
The great thing about films like 96 Minutes is that they lead to reflection. What does it means to be human? Is the failure to stop a murder morally the same as pulling the trigger? Can there be redemption after a terrible act committed at such a young age? Most movies about crime are written to produce the same reaction: rage. We seldom get to peer beyond that to look at a crime from all angles.
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