Vanessa Hudgens’ performance in “Gimme Shelter” captured her audience through the realistic role as Agnes “Apple” Bailey.
Director Ron Krauss did a great job capturing the spiritual elements of the story based upon actual events about young girls who are pregnant.
Krauss is an award winning filmmaker and is best known for his film “Puppies for Sale,” and most recently “Gimme Shelter.”
The film is a quick 1 hour and 40 minutes and has a PG-13 rating for a few brutal scenes of abuse, drug talk and some rough, but apropos, language.
I recommend this movie for young girls because it teaches them the importance of self-respect and the realism of how hard life could be and is.
It is refreshing to see Hudgens break through such a dramatic role and to do it well.
Apple, a troubled teen, has been physically and sexually abused and through it all finds herself pregnant.
She runs away from her drug addict mom, played by Rosario Dawson, to her wealthy father and stepmother.
Her father and stepmother found out about her pregnancy and urged Apple to get an abortion.
Apple, unable to come to terms with this decision, decides to leave her father’s house and finds herself alone and homeless.
She got in a car accident and while being in the hospital for some time, a priest came to visit her and gave her advice to visit a shelter for pregnant teens.
After coming to this shelter, you see a great deal of transformation in Hudgens’ character.
She finally experiences what it means to have a family who will take you in no matter what the circumstances may be. This new found family of her’s loved her unconditionally and opened her eyes to what a peaceful life could be like.
Starting off with a troubled teen that has nowhere to go, you start to lose hope for her. She completely turns her life around not only for herself, but because now she has a baby that she needs to take care for, so she can have a better life for her child.
It was morally inspiring and had a well thought out happy ending that left the movie theater with heart felt tears.
Emerging out of that Disney image can be difficult, but with her role as ‘Apple’ there is no way going back.
She has been in the “High School Musical” movies and when she wanted to not be seen in that way she did the films “Thirteen” and “Spring Breakers.”
Those two films did shed off that good girl image, but did not credit her as an actress.
I would love to see more dramatic roles for this actress because she proves that she has what it takes to transform herself.