“Gimme Shelter”

Rated PG-13

1 hour 40 minutes

Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Let me tell you, courageous movies tackling troubling social issues don’t come along too often.

That’s why “Gimme Shelter” is so precious. This is a heartbreaking, but inspiring story of a neglected teenager.

She’s trapped in the welfare system struggling for some semblance of a life. But how does she escape from her domineering, mentally ill mother?

“Gimme Shelter” might have been merely depressing if it wasn’t for Vanessa Hudgens’ spellbinding performance mixing bitterness with hope.

She appeals to the father she never knew. He’s now successful and in a position to give. But does he want to do the right thing for this pregnant, needy sixteen year old, who deserves better than she’s gotten?

Of all the impressive performances, Rosario Dawson stands out as Hudgens sadly troubled Mother. We all at once feel for her, but you also realize she’s destroying her daughter’s life.

“Gimme Shelter” is the difference between sudsy soap opera and strong, socially relevant drama. I’m surprised Hollywood still makes movies that matter, and this one certainly does matter.

I say give us more movies like “Gimme Shelter”, so I can reward this heart felt effort with three stars.

Every once in a while, a heart felt experience in a movie theater will do us a world of good.

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