12 HOUR SHIFT is a powerhouse of a film from Brea Grant. The film stars Angela Bettis, Chloe Farnworth, Nikea Gamby-Turner, Kit Williamson, and David Arquette.
I’ve spent more time in hospitals and doctors’ offices in my life so I can say with confidence that nurses are truly the lifeblood of a hospital. This hospital is one fucking hospital that I would take one look at and want to walk right out the door. The hospital staff that greets you as you wait to be helped leaves a tad bit to be desired at this hospital, but that is the LEAST of their problems.
There is an underground organ theft from dead bodies, and when there are not enough dead ones, ones that are close to being dead. So basically you could check-in for a routine visit to the hospital and wind up with a missing kidney if you wake up at all. I doubt that this hospital will get a positive Google review.
All joking aside, audiences are drawn into a grueling shift from hell. I felt like I was an orderly in on the action while watching the film. For me, the close and choppy camera movement made it feel realistic and gives 12 Hour Shift a raw style to it. Pay particular attention to the use of color and lighting throughout the film. There are some amazing moments, where the colors came alive. Then again I may have taken a few too many morning tokes. Seriously the lighting, and the use of the neon color, especially for the segments with the soda machine are eerily cool,
I grew up in Missouri, which touches Arkansas, so I have an understanding of the culture, albeit made up, from the film. I lived in Columbia, Missouri in 1998 and was about to graduate from college. Man, I feel old. But I remember that time a lot now and even more thinking about the clothing and other elemental cues that were brought out with even some of the more minute details on screen.
12 Hour Shift will leave your mind feeling scrambled and as if you had truly been through hell and back. And after watching, “Are you washed in the blood of the land” will always have a deeper meaning for me and you too if you see this.
12 Hour Shift Synopsis
It’s 1998 and over the course of one night at an Arkansas hospital, a junkie nurse, her scheming cousin and a group of black market organ-trading criminals get caught up in a heist gone wrong.