"Gimme Shelter" Movie Review: 1 1/2 Stars
by Michael Phillips
It's hard not to be affected by a story about a pregnant, homeless teenager such as the one at the heart of "Gimme Shelter,"
which stars "High School Musical's"
In the case of this one, writer-director
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In other words, it's no more or less factual than any other drama inspired by real events. But "Gimme Shelter" suffers from an acute case of the fakes. The speeches sound like speeches, and not good ones.
Early on, Hudgens' character, Apple Bailey, has fled her abusive, crackhead mother (
Everything comes out in a long spiel: details about the horrors of childhood, a sexually abusive foster father, the mean streets that followed. And you're thinking: This is wrenching. Or it's supposed to be; it should be.
But the awkward way Krauss sets it up and the way Hudgens delivers it, instead of doing what exposition should do -- getting the audience up to speed on necessary information efficiently and, with luck, in character -- it comes off like the year's least-interesting acting class monologue.
The countless young women who have shelters to thank for their very survival deserve better than this.
After a serious car accident, Apple meets the hospital chaplain (
The most frightening incident in "Gimme Shelter" really happened -- it's a horrifying encounter between the female protagonist and her birth mother, who attacks her with a razor blade. The incidents sometimes carry the undeniable ring of authenticity. But Krauss fails to instill his characters with the stuff, the juice, of interesting dimensional conflict.
The bedrock conservative message of the material is just that: a message in search of a more persuasive screenplay.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence and language -- all concerning teens). Running time: 1:40.
"Gimme Shelter" Movie Trailer
"Gimme Shelter" is a drama based off of a true story. It is about a 16-year-old girl named Apple who is trying to find her way "home". She is a foster child running from place to place. She finds her true family in a place far away from home. Vanessa Hudgens stars in this dramatic film about finding the meaning of true family