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Twelve (2010)

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A young drug dealer 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.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

Jordan Melamed (screenplay), Nick McDonell (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chace Crawford ... White Mike
Rory Culkin ... Chris
Philip Ettinger ... Hunter
Esti Ginzburg ... Sara Ludlow
50 Cent ... Lionel (as Curtis Jackson)
Zoë Kravitz ... Gabby
Billy Magnussen ... Claude
Emily Meade ... Jessica Brayson
Emma Roberts ... Molly
Ellen Barkin ... Jessica's Mother
Kiefer Sutherland ... Narrator (voice)
Ako ... Mrs. Fong
Dionne Audain ... Nana's Mother
Gregg Bello ... Detective Keminski
Maxx Brawer Maxx Brawer ... Andrew
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A young drug dealer 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.

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Rated R for strong drug content, alcohol abuse, language, sexual material, brief nudity and some violence - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

12 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,238, 8 August 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$181,591, 15 August 2010
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Joel Schumacher previously worked with Emma Roberts' aunt Julia Roberts (who was also formerly engaged to Kiefer Sutherland) on Flatliners (1990) and Dying Young (1991). See more »

Goofs

The blood on Hunter's face disappears and reappears throughout the interrogation scene at the police station See more »

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Narrator: You have seen that before you lies a great stretch of road and it is windswept or blasted by the hot sun or covered in snow or it is dirt or concrete or shrouded in darkness or bright and clear so you have to squint. But no matter what it feels utterly empty. But there are sons who have lost mothers and mothers who have lost sons. So... we must live the best life we can.
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References Virtual Sex with Jesse Jane (2003) See more »

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Can't believe this is what Joel Schumacher has become
26 December 2010 | by Shattered_WakeSee all my reviews

After making his abominations of Batman with 'Batman Forever' and 'Batman & Robin,' Joel Schumacher lost a lot of respect from basically all of the film-going community. However, to me, he has had enough solid flicks like 'The Lost Boys,' 'Phantom of the Opera,' 'St. Elmo's Fire,' and '8MM' to at least have some credibility.

Unfortunately, his newest film 'Twelve' is one more addition to the negative side of his filmography. It tells the story of White Mike (Chace Crawford), a young wealthy drug dealer in New York City whose already complicated life becomes even more problematic when his cousin is murdered and the prime suspect becomes Hunter (Philip Ettinger), White Mike's best friend.

Perhaps the most obvious issue about 'Twelve' that negatively affects the rest of the film comes from Kiefer Sutherland's constant narration throughout. It's a common mantra among screenwriters to "show, not tell," but writer Jordan Melamed decided to throw off those typical conventions and tell every single detail of every single moment through the voice-over narration. This contributed to the other problems of the film, including the stilted dialogue & awkward acting. It's hard to deliver lines well when the actor is being forced to randomly pause mid-sentence to let Kiefer Sutherland explain what is going on in the scene.

Ignoring the issues caused by the overdone narration, it's hard to find much to like about the film. Joel Schumacher's direction is interesting enough, and the cast is nice to look at, but that's about it. The story is nothing special and is easily overshadowed by other "drug-induced youth" films like 'Less Than Zero' and 'Holy Rollers.' For this reason, 'Twelve' will never be more than just a mediocre attempt at something that's been done much better many times before. I'd like to see Schumacher return to what he was able to do in the late '80s with 'St. Elmo's Fire' and 'The Lost Boys,' but it doesn't look that will be happening anytime soon.

Final Verdict: 5/10.

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