There’s a reason for everything, just like there’s a reason for why “Gimme Shelter” only earned a one star rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Without using so many words, the film was just plain rotten. From the complete lack of character development to the nearly non-existent script, the movie could best be explained as nothing short of a train wreck.
Sure enough, I walked out of the movie theater feeling annoyed and frustrated. Even though the trailer had looked promising, the film had failed to deliver anything of substance to the audience.
One of the main issues I had while watching this film was with the characters, especially the main character Apple. At the beginning of the movie, we see her trying to run away from this crazy drug addicted woman who apparently is her mother. Once she succeeds, Apple finds herself at the door of her rich dad’s mansion.
If this were a scenario playing out in real life, I would imagine that she would adopt a formal attitude and be pretty darn nervous meeting her dad for the first time. But how does she react? Apple just gives him attitude the whole time by yelling at him and talking down to him.
I began wondering whether the reason she came to see him was because she wanted to get even with him or because she needed a place to stay. If her main goal was having shelter like the title implies, I would think she’d be nice or at least, act that way in order to get what she wants.
Not only did I find that she was not at all likable, but I found that she had no character to really like or dislike anyway. In fact, we never got a chance to get to know what any of her interests were or what she liked to do.
Now some might argue that her kicking and screaming sessions were a part of her character. I don’t think it makes sense to say that someone’s personality trait is anger. It is an emotion that we all experience and unfortunately, it was the only emotion that I picked up on during the film.
Besides the total lack of character development, I also felt that the script had been very poorly written. As I mentioned before, Apple let us know on many occasions that she was angry. However, she never showed us what else she was feeling. Did she at times feel scared, nervous, sad, anxious, uncertain, or insecure?
Furthermore, throughout the whole movie, we were left on our own to guess without any clues as to why she did this and why she did that. For example, why was it so important to her to keep her baby? Did she run out of the clinic because she was rebelling once again or was it actually because she knew abortion is wrong?
“Gimme Shelter” sure gave me something, but it wasn’t hope. Instead, it gave me a big headache.