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Festival. Based on what I'd read, I was expecting some sort of Tarantino
Instead I got run over by a very fast, very clever film. Directed by 27 year old Greg Marcks, the film is populated by up and coming young stars including Colin Hanks and Rachael Leigh Cook. It's actually 5 stories that all take place in a small town in middle America at around 11pm on a random night.
Characters keep running into each other and bad bad things happen, but the stories are all strung together in really clever, often darkly funny ways. The dialog is sharp and real, and Marcks has a real skill with his young cast. There are some really excellent performances, especially by Rachael Leigh Cook, who as the trashy Cherie is just the right combination of evil and desperate.
Although even in her trailer park costume she's breathtakingly beautiful! Also look for Ben Foster, who surprised me with a very realistic performance, after something REALLY bad happens to him. Hanks is also good, as is Shawn Hatosy. I was blown away! And the strangest part of the Premiere screening? It finished at exactly 11:14.
Half an hour or less of one night, two traffic accidents, one severed body
part, several crimes or felonies, one silly dog, at least one
bad decision per character and two deaths make for 90 minutes of pure
high-adrenalin fun. And smart fun at that! Of course, it's a bit like,
Pulp Fiction on Vodka/Red Bull, but hey, I've been rarely entertained so
well by other people's fiascoes.
The stories of about a dozen American small-towners intersect at 11:14 one night. Everybody has their own agenda, be it vandalism, fast money, sex, protecting the reputation of their daughter, or just to do their job, and most of them have had too much too drink - which leads to the aforementioned bad decisions. Some great acting (Shawn Hatosy and Patrick Swayze stand out), dynamic camera work and fast pacing keep 11:14 moving and viewers on their toes. And of course, there's always one more twist...
I saw 11:14 pre-release at the Fantasy Filmfest, and it was received very well. If film distributors are just a little smarter than the characters in this film, this should be a smash!
I saw this movie at the Florida State University's Seven Days of Opening
Nights festival in Tallahassee, Florida. The director, Greg Marcks, is a
Florida State film school graduate. I was fortunate to attend a question
and answer session with him. His attention to detail is stunning. This is
the type of movie where lots of gaffs could occur because the movie is about
five stories that eventually come together. I did not notice any gaffs.
The movie re-visits previous scenes from a different perspective. By 11:14
pm, all of the events come together. The attention to detail is important
because the whole movie must tie together at the end. This movie perfectly
The acting, dialogue and action sequences are great. It's amazing how well this movie flows. As Mr. Marcks pointed out during the Q&A session, this movie should be seen as a black comedy. The movie is funny. This movie was influenced by "Cops" and other shows that show not-so-intelligent people. But the movie is intelligent. If it weren't, it wouldn't be good. Based on the reaction of the audience, this movie should be well received.
I've been following the press on this film from the moment I first read
I've seen several glowing reviews, most recently in Variety, for this film,the actors and the cannot-be-more-than-fresh-out-of-high-school-himself looking Writer/Director, who shared with the audience that his age was somewhere "in the low two digits."
I've been patiently waiting to see "11:14", finally got to while I was in Toronto!! I was one of several hundred packed like sardines into the theater. Fortunately, I did not have to sit on the floor like the rush ticket holders.
It was unbelievable! A sick and twisted tale(5 tales actually) of coincidence, deceit,small town mentality and good(or bad)intentions gone miserably wrong. Hilary Swank is brilliant as a convenience store worker so afraid to lose her job, she opts to chance suffering tremendous injury over practicing a little common sense. Patrick Swayze utilizes his intensity and tendency towards the dramatic to comedically portray the world's most overprotective Father, while Rachael Leigh Cook's character, Cheri, wreaks havoc on Middelton, Anywhere, USA.
The film opens with a car crash, a botched arrest and a few nasty head injuries that set up the film beautifully. Ben Foster, Colin Hanks and Stark Sands turn an otherwise ordinary joyride through town into the most adolescent, gruesome and completely hysterical adventure. Not for the squeamish.
All five stories are meticulously and ingeniously constructed. I, like my fellow audience members, thoroughly enjoyed every bone-breaking, heart-stopping, could-things-get-any-worse-for-these-poor-middle(ton)-Americans moment. Can't wait to see it in the States.
This is one of those movies that you really ought to see. We rented it
based on the back cover, and we were glad we did. 11:14 has been
compared to Crash and Memento. We haven't seen Crash, but it looks like
we should, and while I thought that 11:14 was not quite as terrific as
Memento, I felt it was definitely in the running with it.
I came to IMDb to see what else this guy, Greg Marcks, has done and was surprised to see that the only other entry is a 19 minute short film. How on earth did he get stars such as Patrick Swayze and Hillary Swank? If you do decide to see this movie, DO NOT WATCH THE TRAILER FIRST. What a rotten trailer. The trailer gives away virtually the entire plot.
I knew nothing at all about 11:14 when I saw it in the guide of what
movie was on next. To be honest I was just going to keep 11:14 on in
the background as I was supposed to be doing something more important.
But I began to watch it.... and am I glad I did !! The credits haven't
even finished rolling as I am writing this review because I thought it
was that good.
The plot is supposed to be basic; an incident happens at 11:14pm and it is told from five different perspectives. But oh how it all progresses, ties together, and ends in a very satisfying manner. It reminded me of a cross between 'Memento' and 'Pulp Fiction' and to be honest, I found 11:14 comparable to those above mentioned excellent movies.
The actors themselves were so natural and played the roles so well that there was not one actor that was the 'star'. I can't say enough about this movie. It was clever, witty, funny when necessary, intelligent and excellently casted.
My only gripe was occasionally too many events 'seemed' to happen in the supposed allotted time which made me aware of the time frame more than I probably should. But so saying that it detracts very little and I enjoyed 11:14 immensely. See it, I am sure you will love it too.
In Middletown, at 11:14 PM, two cars accidents happen at the same time,
affecting the lives of five different groups of people. A drunken
driver hits a man in a lonely road near a bridge; three young men hits
a woman with a van, one of the passenger has a severed penis while
another man on the road shoots them; a young man robs a convenience
store, with the support of the clerk; a man finds a body in a cemetery
and gets rid off it; and a young pregnant woman tries to raise money
for an abortion. All of these characters and their fates are very
"11:14" is a great entertainment, presenting thriller, drama, crime, action and lots of black humor. The story goes forward and backward in time, but differently from "Memento" or "Irreversible", indeed presenting five different perspectives for two car accidents, each one of them disclosing new and darker information to the viewer, slightly recalling "Rashomon". The film is very well directed, and all the cast has good performances. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "11:14"
I saw this movie during the "Fantasy Film Festival" in Germany. It is
a perfect mixture: it has all from horror to humour and the story is told
with lots of originality... The film is built up like a puzzle which is
assembled piece by piece, and resolves the story... For the viewer there
plenty of surprises till the end!!
I have a little the impression that the director has been inspired by
scenes from the movie "snatch" where you can see at some point the same
event happening from a different point of view. In this movie everything
built up on what happens at 11:14 ...and every actor in the story acts on
his own "egoistic" way and contributes to assembling the
I loved especially the black humour scenes...which made laugh the whole
This movie is a must see for everyone. If you thought "scream" is a great
movie than watch "11:14" and be surprised!
greetings from Germany
A clever little thriller/black comedy, which holds interest. 11:14
tells the inter-connected stories of a group of people, all revolving
around a tragic car-accident. We see the accident, which occurs at
11:14pm, from different perspectives, as the puzzle slowly comes
Sure, the story works a lot on coincidence, but it's still a great build up and interesting ending, despite it being somewhat of a let-down.
The very black humour includes two sections which might just be some of the most cringing moments for men in cinema history one of them in particular had me cowering fear.
Good performances from Patrick Swayze and Hilary Swank make this a good cinematic treat.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Roadkill (that isn't), a severed penis (that is), a convenience store,
corpses (that's plural), a wicked girl with too many boyfriends (that's
plural too): these are just some of the raw materials that go into
"11:14's" "Rashomon"-like multiple retellings of what happened at a
rural roadside near the little town of Middleton, 'A Very Happy Place'
to Live (so the sign says) on one ridiculously eventful summer evening.
There's enough material for three horror movies -- or, with wittier
dialogue and more sparkling production values, a substantial sequence
in a Quentin Tarantino movie. On hand are energetic young actors --
Shawn Hatosy, Rachel Leigh Cook, Henry Thomas, and Colin Hanks, to name
a few; double-Oscar winner Hilary Swank; a brave veteran, Barbara
Hersey; and Patrick Swayze (his presence in "Donnie Darko" not
forgotten by fans of the young and the edgy) -- a little like roadkill
here himself -- gamely playing the loser dad of the misbehaving Cheri
This is a whole flurry of those situations where somebody forgets that two wrongs don't make a right. It starts when a drunken young driver on a cell phone (Henry Thomas) hits something and thinks he's committed a felony. Somebody else finds a corpse and hides it to protect whoever he thinks is the killer. Another guy's ready to commit robbery to pay for an abortion because he thinks he's the dad. A coworker is ready to help him even though it could cost her her job. One character is guilty of multiple deceptions.
Unlike "Rashomon," this isn't so much a single event seen from various viewpoints as a snake's nest of malfeasance's that all turn out to be intertwined, and it doesn't repeat those moments leading up to "11:14" to get at the truth, or run them in chronologically backwards segments like "Memento" or "Irréversible" or "5x2". Eventually it connects something said during the first sequence with a character whose secrets come out at the end to reveal one of the oldest plots of all -- a doomed double-cross for profit and escape -- just like something in one of Geoffrey Chaucer's grimmest, most moralistic Canterbury Tales. There's no divine retribution here, though the local cop takes enough of the players away to run out of handcuffs and get tired of reciting Miranda rights.
Almost everybody's bad in "11:14," and gets worse, because he or she does something naughty to escape consequences and fails in the attempt. First-time director Greg Marcks's dark comedy of multiple self-sabotage and misadventure has horror movie raw materials and B-picture cheap visuals and jumpy camera-work but a conceptualist's intricate and finely tuned plot: the sequences don't leave any dangling threads. The question is, though: what's the conception? What's all this add up to, other than a freakishly busy night for Officer Hannagan (Clark Gregg)? It's a game, a puzzle, without a point. Compared to "Amores Perros", to "Memento," even to François Ozon's chilly "5x2," "11:14" has nothing general to say. The puzzle is well constructed, but it leaves you hungry for something more solid.
Marcks's scenes of wrongdoing tend to the excruciatingly slow and messy, as in the Coens' "Blood Simple" -- which Marcks has cited as a major influence. But instead of "Blood Simple's" hurts-so-good suspense, there's a breathless speed in "11:14" that keeps you watching -- but also bars you from caring about the characters The ingenuity of construction feels wasted for another reason: as in many another film with a plot line wound up tight as a drum, the ending itself lacks punch. At the finale, the hunger for relief and revelation the multiple plot lines have aroused is only partly satisfied.
No doubt Marcks's attention is elsewhere, even if it's not yet clear where. Despite its B style visuals and its debts to the Coens and horror flicks and noirs, "11:14" is attempting a fresh outlook. There is clear talent here. Though the slippery mix of genres may disappoint horror fans, hipsters, and folks just out for a nasty good old time, this isn't mere roadkill. Life remains when all the corpses and wrongdoers have been dragged away, and the hybrid comedic style is very 21st century. Some of the scenes stick in your mind, and if you won't know where to file them, that may be Marcks's point. If he can bring his visual and production values up to the level of his writing and directing skills, he may get the distribution this first film has been robbed of for several years. Let's hope he also finds a little more to say.
Seen during a brief theatrical showing in the SF Bay Area, August 2005.
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