Hillary Swank has the most sympathetic role. The rest aren't terribly likeable, which I guess is why you don't care too much when bad things happen to them.
Good early role for Rachael Leigh Cook also, although she's also pretty horrible (the character, that is).
In the post-Tarantino (Pulp Fiction specifically) age, films like 11:14 take what Tarantino did for storytelling and go the next step. What 11:14 lacks is Pulp Fiction's profundity, but the cleverness of the script and the reliance on its audience's intelligence are both strong qualities of this film. Indeed, although by the end of the film, I thought that the story amounted to nothing extraordinary, I nevertheless thought that this is the next step in playing with time and throwing a curveball to linear story construction.
The performances are all strong, but there's nothing break-out. The characterizations are off-beat and mildly humorous though they lack depth -- a result of the film spending such a short amount of time with each person.
Overall, it's clever and fun and worth watching even if 11:14 doesn't produce much more than a shrug by the final moment.
Director: Greg Marcks
Summary: Even though they're strangers, Buzzy (Academy Award winner Hilary Swank), Mark (Colin Hanks), Cheri (Rachael Leigh Cook), Jack (Henry Thomas) and Eddie (Ben Foster) will become part of each other's lives -- even if it kills them -- in this innovative drama composed of five seemingly random story lines that intersect at precisely 11:14 p.m.
My Thoughts: "The movie is quite brilliant. The events that happen are pretty far fetched, but also could happen, who knows? But the brilliance comes from the timing of it all. Everything happened at the 11:14 p.m. mark. The directing is what is great about this flick. The film is silly and funny, but yet amazing too. Just really enjoyed it and how it all came together. I also loved the song when the ending credits started rolling. It was pretty funny. A great fun indie flick that is a bit dark, but funny. Definitely a must see in my opinion."
The events leading up to an 11:14 PM car crash, from five very different perspectives.
Greg Marcks offers us in '11:14' that rare breed of film that keeps us on the edge of our seats for the entire 95 minutes running time. This strangely wonderful tale embraces the ideas of consequences and serendipity by unraveling a story of two deaths that affect the lives of eight kids and two parents, each with separate perceptions of shared incidents, and all of those perceptions intertwine in the most unique way imaginable. This is not a teen horror flick, not an attempt to do an imitation cheap movie life 'Blair Witch Project' look-alikes. '11:14' is simply a fine script played with comedy and tragedy and wide-eyed wonderment by a top notch cast of actors.
To relate the tale would to defray the anxiety Marcks creates in his writing. It is sufficient to say that little nerdy people in a small town somewhere are all caught up in two deaths, a thwarted robbery, a case of missing bodies, and a final core explanation of how the whole foolish mess got started. Along the way there are hilarious moments of accidental death during intercourse in a grave yard, a severed penis and its impact on hit and run kids, a rather randy and hormone driven trashy girl whose parents get caught up in the scheme of things... and that is only starters.
The exceptional cast includes Hilary Swank (with braces), Patrick Swayze (with body padding), Barbara Hershey obsessed with opera, Rachel Leigh Cook as the promiscuous round robin girl, Henry Thomas as a drunk driver, Ben Foster as the genital loser, Shawn Hatosy, Blake Heron, Stark Sands, Colin Hanks, and Gregg Clark as the revolving police officer who tries to keep up and make sense of the mess.
The cinematography is beautifully handled by Shane Hurlbut who manages to keep the nighttime ambiance all centered on the 11:14 PM restrictions of the action. But above all it is the brilliant script and tight direction by Marcks that makes this the strong, grossly overlooked sleeper of a movie that it is.
Its entertaininmg and clever the way the lives of several random people intertwen with one another ! Its a really clever and entertaining movie that is good to watch, an interesting black comedy that is fun to watch if not slightly weird!
brilliant cast and interesting story but its not original as it reinds me of other movies where lives intiwne with one another lik off the map and that saah michlle gellar nd bendan fraser movie!
but stillwith a watch!
Starring: Hilary Swank, Rachael Leigh Cook, Shawn Hatosy, Colin Hanks, Patrick Swayze.
"A dark comedy with killer timing"...A tagline that says it all.
The story follows 2 completely different accidents that happen at the exact same time in the small town of Middleton...and they are both something that affects and connects the lives of 5 unexpecting people.
I had this recommended to me with no real idea on what to expect, I just instantly thought that with the common idea of the film becoming a fad in films more recently like 'Crash' (then again, this was made in 2003) that I was to expect this dark, character driven thriller...I was wrong. Within the first 20 minutes, I sat there think 'what the hell?'. I didn't know where it was heading, but I held out to see exactly what it had set out to be and I was stunned at the finished result.
THIS IS NOT A THRILLER! There, I said it, the American DVD cover mixes the ideas from 'The Dead Girl' and 'Crash' (yes I know this was made before them) and the synopsis on the back gave the impression of a dark thriller...but I always love surprises. As a dark comedy on such a gloomy idea, the film works. Greg Marcks is a man to look out for. Working off his own script, he certainly shows inspiration from at least a dozen other filmmakers but he stylishly creates the film with inventive angles and shots, an engaging atmosphere and devilish wit, all wrapped together with deft pacing...it's really quite refreshing. His screenplay overcomes one flaw brilliantly...and that flaw is his characters. At the end of the day, each character is given there time on screen, but never as a study on who they are, but merely just what they do through the events and you would really hope that these characters had more depth so that you could really like this film...thankfully, the rest helps. Not only is it tightly constructed and thoughtful, but he manages to wipe any of the audiences guesses or 'final words' on what will happen with some truly inventive and crafty twists and surprises throughout (even a few strange ideas to keep the dark humor fueled).
The performances are fine, but its really nothing to jump about. Hilary Swank really is enjoying her quirky and slightly odd character and we are given enough for us to enjoy her natural charisma and Rachael Leigh Cook shows something promising. The rest do what they can and deliver fine performances but ultimately, they are sitting on undeveloped characters.
I feel the need to say 'style over substance', but I would be wrong in some aspect. 11:14 is unexpectedly refreshing, different and stylishly executed, its an unexpected dark comedy that hits the mark and is crafty in its construction that is as tight and well thought out as you would want it to be...pity we didn't care for any of the messy and undeveloped characters that could have pulled the film down if it hadn't been for the brilliance everywhere else.