13 Minutes (2021 film)

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13 Minutes
Film poster
Directed byLindsay Gossling
Written byLindsay Gossling
Story by
  • Travis Farncombe
  • Lindsay Gossling
Produced by
  • Travis Farncombe
  • Lindsay Gossling
  • Karen Harnisch
CinematographySteve Mason
Edited byLisa Grootenboer
Music byAriel Marx
  • Involving Pictures
  • Impact WX
  • Elevated Films
Distributed byQuiver Distribution
Release date
  • October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
Running time
108 minutes[1][2][3]
  • United States
  • Canada
Box office$67,413[1]

13 Minutes is a 2021 disaster film written, directed and produced by Lindsay Gossling,[4] in her feature debut film, and starring Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Amy Smart and Paz Vega.


Four families in the fictional Oklahoma town of Minninnewah,[4] wrestle with undocumented immigration, closeted homosexuality, abortion, and other issues[5] before a massive tornado wipes out the town, leaving death and destruction in its path.[5] Following the devastation, a regional emergency manager must respond to the disaster while trying to locate her deaf daughter.


Production and themes[edit]

The title references "the short time frame residents have to seek shelter" when a tornado is detected.[4] The film "follows four different families who are all dealing with their own issues" before the disaster strikes,[6] and through them weaves in social issues such as undocumented immigrants, abortion, and religious intolerance.[5] The film was filmed in Oklahoma.[4][6]


The film had a first limited theatrical release on October 29, 2021[3] by Quiver, then in the United Arab Emirates on November 11, 2021 and in Portugal on January 13, 2022.[1] It was released on VOD by Quiver on December 7, 2021, and by Signature Entertainment on January 17, 2022.[2]


Box office[edit]

13 Minutes grossed $45,653 in the United Arab Emirates and $21,760 in Portugal, for a worldwide total of $67,413.[1]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 27% based on 22 reviews, with an average rating of 4.3/10.[3] On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 40 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7] The Guardian gave the film a middling review, as it found the plot weakened by convenient turns of fate against negatively portrayed characters.[8] Rex Reed for The New York Observer gave an overall positive review, that "the film is sometimes contrived in its efforts to keep the various plot lines connected," but "benefits substantially from the compelling contributions of a likable cast."[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "13 Minutes (2021)". Box Office Mojo. IMDbPro. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "13 Minutes (2021) - Financial Information". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "13 Minutes". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d McDonnell, Brandy (October 29, 2021). "Twister's path: Oklahoma-made tornado movie '13 Minutes' stars Anne Heche, Amy Smart and more". The Oklahoman. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Scheck, Frank (October 26, 2021). "'13 Minutes': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Schaefer, Stephen (November 14, 2021). "Amy Smart takes on tornado's awe & terror in '13 Minutes'". Boston Herald. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  7. ^ "13 Minutes Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Felperin, Leslie (October 20, 2021). "13 Minutes review – tornado movie with plotting as catastrophic as the weather". The Guardian. Retrieved October 10, 2022.
  9. ^ Reed, Rex (October 25, 2021). "Tornado Thriller '13 Minutes' Doesn't Waste Your Time". The New York Observer. Retrieved October 10, 2022.

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