12 and Holding
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Top Customer Reviews
There are many positive aspects of the film. The actors are convincing and the world created seems plausible. The story may seem too far fetched for some viewers, as some critics claimed when it was released and this would be true for most typical adolescents and even some who are not so typical, but we're talking about twelve year olds reacting to grief with no one to reach out to them. There are a few scenes that while interesting, don't quite connect to the larger story, but it is well paced, well acted, and certainly one that will remain with a viewer for a while.
Added to this pre-adolescence mix are a couple of adults: Annabella Sciorra as Malee's mother who is as lost if not more so than Malee and a sensitive, devastated, psychologically suffering Gus beautifully portrayed by Jeremy Renner ("Dahmer"). It is particularly heartening to see Renner playing someone other than a weirdo and nailing it.
Cuesta is after a lot more here then even in his richly textured "L.I.E." In "Twelve and Holding," he wants to expose the dynamics, troubles, slice open and expose the social and psychological machinations of the modern American family: and he pretty much succeeds on all fronts.
It might have been more believable if the kids were all geniuses from a magnet school. Frankly I have never been acquainted with anyone quite as precocious and independent as the characters in this film. But maybe this is where the human race is headed in the future.
It offers a welcome respite from the same old saws being churned out by the movie industry. I prize originality, creativity and most of all, good writing, and this movie definitely has all that. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding! Great story, and great job by all involved. You really get into the characters.Published 19 days ago by Jessica A. Richardson
Sad but amazing acting In pristine condition, Fast delivery. ThanksPublished 4 months ago by M. B. Kearney
A horror movie for adults!
Every five minutes these kids are doing something that could get them killed!
A great movie but there are black borders all around it to compensate the low resolutionPublished 12 months ago by Seth Hone
With his utterly shocking debut film, L.I.E., Director Michael Cuesta, quickly proved that he wasn't afraid to push the envelope in order to shock his audience. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Todd Smith
Excellent movie! Good script and wonderful acting. Had never heard of it but was looking for Jeremy Renner movie and so glad I did.Published 14 months ago by Denise Blaser