Superbly clever multi plotted story where everything comes together at one fateful moment.
11:14 is one of those films that stay with you long after it has finished and packs a powerful punch when the interconnected plot threads come together. Novice director Greg Merck assembled an excellent cast of newcomers and experienced big name stars all of whom work extremely hard at telling the story and make a great impression on the audience.
It’s not a linear plot as a collection of storylines, featuring several main protagonists that eventually lead them all to one moment which changes their lives forever. It pulls the clever trick seen in movies before where one event is reported through several different perspectives and is very skilfully written. The strong script is complimented by superb and assured direction from Greg Merck, belying his lack of experience and showing what a true talent behind the camera he is.
There’s a lot of very dark humour as each character progresses on their downward spiral, becoming more and more selfish and “bad”, often though with the best of intentions, making for a wonderfully twisted narrative. By the end, every character is acting for purely egotistical reasons, leading to their car crash downfall. Patrick Swayze and Hilary Swank are both standout superb interpreters of the script with Swayze in particular having some of the funniest moments of the film. An honourable mention also for Shawn Hatosy and Rachael Leigh Cook who both play their parts to perfection.
The tone of the movie is beautifully pitched between light and shade, horror and comedy with a strong dramatic underpinning throughout. And there’s an unmissable scene with a really rather ridiculous dog which has to be seen to be believed! There are deaths, amputations, vandalism and crimes and no punches are pulled in the graphic depiction of these occurrences. An hour and a half of fast moving action, somewhat in the style of Quentin Tarantino which is never a bad thing, it grabs and holds the audience’s attention from the first moment and never lets up, giving the viewer an incredibly entertaining experience and leaving a definite feeling of “phew, I’m glad that didn’t happen to me!”.
A must see.