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96 MINUTES: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Carley (Brittany Snow), is a 21 year old smart college student with an almost obsessive drive to please her parents and a will to survive. Dre (Evan Ross), is a bright, charismatic 17 year old high school student living in a gang infested neighborhood, striving to succeed against all odds. Lena (Christian Serratos) is a beautiful college senior struggling to find her voice amidst all the pain and drama of the transition from adolescence into adulthood, and Kevin (J. Michael Trautmann), a 15 year old street kid abused and struggling in a world that rendered him powerless. There are no adults in their lives to speak of, just one man, Duane (David Oyelowo), the owner of a local gas station.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Poignant and powerful, 96 Minutes gives us an insight into not just what happens but why it happens, in the belly of urban America when young men drift into bad company - and have no-one to anchor their lives. Without a male role model to guide them, they attach to the only ones they see: gangsters whose company they need to keep for the only kind of self esteem on offer. It's a frequent tragedy, but Aimee Lagos tells a specific version of it, using her own observations, having worked in poor schools where kids grow up in all the wrong ways, all to fast.

The story concerns four youngsters - two young men who are friends, and two young women who are also friends, but from very different backgrounds. The young men live in the dangerous underworld of domestic and street violence; the women in the safer suburban landscape.

They are unconnected until the hotheaded and troubled Kevin (J. Michael Trautmann), ignores the warnings of his friend Dre (Evan Ross), and carjacks the girls' vehicle. This moment triggers a chain of events which end in tragedy.

Wonderful performances from the foursome - and from David Oyelewo as Duane - deliver the power of the film's story and the intercutting structure, taking us in and out of the events from start to the bitter end works well as a device. If only one or two youngsters in the target market reappraise their choices as a result of seeing this film, it will have been worth it. But even for those of us outside its ambit, the film is a well made thriller with plenty to offer.

Published September 13, 2012

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

96 MINUTES: DVD (M)
(US, 2011)

CAST: Brittany Snow, Christian Serratos, J. Michael Trautmann, Evan Ross, David Ovelowo, Elena Varela, Sylvia Jefferies, Anna Enger, Sharon Morris,

PRODUCER: Lee Clay, Paul Gilreath, Charlie Mason, Justin Moore-Lewy

DIRECTOR: Aimee Lagos

SCRIPT: Aimee Lagos

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Fimognari

EDITOR: Aram Nigoghossian

MUSIC: Kurt Farquhar

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Denise Hudson

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD 5.1

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Anchor Bay

DVD RELEASE: September 12, 2012







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