All movies are reflection of their times, but some put their finger
better on the underlying pulse, the nerve of our present sensations.
Zeitgeist. In the arts, it's an elusive prize to capture. A sum of the
now. Hollywood loves to catch this lightning in the bottle because it
can translate into big box office (Saturday Night Fever). The risk is these movies can look dated as time flies (The Breakfast Club).
The trailer for 96 Minutes
doesn't tell much of what the story is about. It has a young bright
cast and cars racing around. There are threats of violence and ends with
the sound of a gunshot. But this one minute ad feels right now. The
kids are from opposite sides of race and class and nothing in between.
There's no middle because it's becoming an endangered species. The notes
say this is about a carjacking gone bad, but I couldn't find it. What's
in the foreground is the mood, tension and struggle for our next
generation trying to make it in this new America. It doesn't feel
marketed, a product for how to improve, but a genuine mirror of where we
are. I'm wondering how far past nighty-six minutes this will go.