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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman

Starring:
Timothy Gibbs
Michael Landes
Wendy Glenn

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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 surround work.
The Extras
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.

Last Call
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.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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