Overall the grainy image, changeable colour palette and shaky hand held camera actually serve to enhance the feel engendered by the no holds barred story, although the use of edge enhancement, unobtrusive as it may be, is a little less forgivable.
If you like your movies to have a beginning, a middle and an end, and fancy a break from computer generated imagery - the most effect laden moment of the movie consisted of a suction tongue stud - then Thirteen should be on your short list. Despite the fact that there's not a cop in sight I think of this movie as a kind of feminine equivalent of Narc - it's hard and gritty and full of solid, down to earth acting. Anchored by first time director Catherine Hardwicke Thirteen has my wholehearted recommendation.
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