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Movie: Twelve (2010)

No one needs anything here. It's all about want.

Twelve (2010) is a teen crime movie that tells the story of drug addiction, violence, crime, and sex among wealthy youngsters. This movie is adapted from Nick McDonell's novel and narrated off-screen by Kiefer Sutherland.

Synopsis from IMDb: 'Twelve' is the new play drug in the party circles of New York City and is supplied to the kids by Lionel (50 Cent), all other drugs being the purview of White Mike (Chace Crawford), a lad whose mother's death from cancer has left him aimless, electing to deal drugs rather than join his confreres in going to the 'proper colleges'. White Mike watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin's murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. White Mike believes that his fellow youth don't need anything, they just want everything and the nexus of his philosophy is drugs.

This is a really disturbing movie with a profound message about the irresponsible and uncontrollable urge for physical gratification among youngsters nowadays. The way the story is narrated enhances the performance of the characters portrayed by young actors and actresses.

Apart from the two drug dealers Lionel and White Mike, there are also boys from broken and dysfunctional families: Chris (Rory Culkin), Hunter (Phillip Ettinger), and Claude (Billy Magnussen); narcissistic and manipulative Sara (Esti Ginzburg); and brainy student Jessica (Emily Meade) who becomes addicted to 'Twelve' by mistake. Sadly, the only clean character is Molly (Emma Roberts), a girl who likes White Mike but isn't aware about his job.

There are a lot of subplots based on different characters. The main one being the murder of White Mike's cousin Charlie that leads the youngsters to a disastrous and ugly ending. Their lives are as pitiful as their hopeless addiction to drugs, violence, and sex. Death is almost imminent.

I have to agree with this comment: "A story of decay and decadence and misplaced ideals, TWELVE is not pretty to watch, but the performances by some of these young actors make it memorable, forcing us to look at what we've done to our youth."

Sigh. Seriously. What the hell is happening to the society nowadays?


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