11 11 11
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Darren Lynn Bousman
What's it about
Haunted by the tragic deaths of his wife and son, Famous author Joseph Crone travels to Barcelona to be with his long-estranged brother Sam, who's with his dying father, Richard. Sam's a priest confined to a wheelchair who clashes with Joe's atheism. Unfortunately for Joe, he keeps being haunted by the number 11, and he goes all "Number 23" with it, obsessing over the meaning. Samuel's life is soon endangered and Joe must figure it all out before November 11, 2011 hits.
Is it good movie?
This is a tale about a man whose lack of faith is truly haunting him.
Poor Joseph has a tragic past and is overcome by visions that pass
through the vegetative state of his father.
I was jacked to watch this flick. I'm a big fan of Bousman's visual
style and think the guy's got chops and a bright future. I was
expecting something with substance, oomph, chutzpah. Unfortunately, I
didn't really get it. Ultimately, this flick was pretty reminiscent of
other "churchy" sort of flicks (like Rosemary's Baby or the Omen) and
didn't really sock me in the guts like I'd hoped. Even the cast didn't
blow me away, although Michael Landes was solid as Samuel, having to
display quite a bit of emotional conflict in his character. Leading man
Timothy Gibbs just didn't seem up to par here, coming off a bit wooden.
To be fair, there is some definite visual style at work here, and it
was appreciated but I felt as though it was trying to cover up that
there isn't much else going on in the movie, and some of the "quick
cut" shots are awkwardly put together. The whole 11 gimmick seemed to
be a bit slapped together because the date really only comes once, and
SPOILER ALERT what really sucks is that the truth has nothing to do
with that date whatsoever END SPOILERS.
It's certainly cool that the flick was shot in Spain, and this lends
the movie a dark Euro-horror sensibility that hearkens back to the days
when Fulci was king. However, the movie is dark- really dark. And know
that it moves slowly, with a deliberate pace that actually had me
struggling to stay awake at times.
Another unfortunate thing is that this movie tended to rely a bit more
on jump scares than I would've liked. It hits you with them again and
again and it gets really old, really fast. The plot is hit and miss,
and tries to throw several twists the viewer's way. I was able to see
most things coming, but there was definitely a twist or two that had me
shaking my head, showing off some pretty nasty plotholes.
As a quick and disposible watch (although it drags a bit, it's only 78
minutes long!), 11-11-11 is just fine. As something to be remembered as
one of Bousman's best, I feel like this one falls short of the mark.
Jump scares aren't enough to satisfy and the plot is just too familiar
to really recommend it, unfortunately. You could absolutely do worse,
but I expected better.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 2.35:1
widescreen and looks great, really. The flick is constantly dark, but
the picture itself looks really sharp.
Audio is presented in Dolby
Digital 5.1, and is a top notch presentation, no complaints here, great
There's a 25 minute Making of
featurette which is pretty standard with interviews from the cast and
crew, talking about the same old stuff, although there's some fun
stories about the creepy house they filmed in.
If you're into 'em, there are also 4 minutes of deleted scenes included.
I feel really badly that I didn't love this flick, but know that it isn't an absolute stinker, it's just a disappointment, albeit a relatively watchable one. It just felt rushed, a little cheap and a little unfinished. I'm not counting Bousman out yet though, and neither should you.