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If the ineffectiveness knob goes up to ten, this film manages to turn it up to you-know-what.
If only "11-11-11" had arrived a little closer to Thanksgiving - the turkey connection would have been entirely appropriate.
One and one (and one and one and one and one) never quite add up to two.
Despite a good lead performance and a few cool ideas, 11-11-11 is also packed with a lot of airy chit-chat that either repeats established ideas or simply goes nowhere.
With 11-11-11, Darren Lynn Bousman is merely insulting the audience with this poor excuse for a plot and its ludicrous ending
Audience Reviews for 11-11-11
"What does it say about me that I find it much easier to believe in the Devil than I do in God?"
After the death of his wife and child, an author travels to Barcelona to see his estranged brother and dying father, where he learns that his life is plagued by events that occur on 11/11/11.
You may or may not have bought into the false advertising campaign that is targeting young horror fans who think that they are going to see some apocalyptic event that occurs on the 11-11-11. If you are part of this target group, I am telling you now that you will most certainly be disappointed. This film is a slow-paced, methodical character-driven piece about the conflict between faith-based ideologies. Don't be tricked into thinking that this is going to be some exciting or thrilling popcorn adventure in the same vein as some of the other high budget apocalyptic films out there. Director Darren Lynn Bousman has himself said that he wanted to explore his own spiritual beliefs and conceptions about existence through this film.
Due to its misleading nature, I feel that many people are going to rightfully flame this film in general. In my opinion it would have served better as a psychological drama about the descent of a rational man into madness. The twist would have been Joseph's self-realization that 11-11-11 has no meaning and it is just another number. Unfortunately the film favors a more unrealistic and perplexing ending that wasn't needed. There are however some redeemable qualities to the film such as the philosophical themes surrounding religion vs. society and also the talent of Timothy Gibbs to carry the film until the end despite many major flaws. I recommend that you watch this when it comes out on DVD so you can make up your own mind but I suggest that you consider the limitations of the budget (which couldn't have been more than $2 million).
'Are you scared yet son?' Well yes, because this thing got made.
I'm partial and a half to director Darren Lynn Bousman, Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival are two of my favourite group-watching experiences, his work in the Saw franchise totally worked for me, his entries II & IV are two of my favourites in the series. and he's very committed to the horror genre which I hold dear to my heart. But 11-11-11 is crap. There are actually a couple of moments I really liked. There's some crazy practical effects and some awesome lighting, and even some genuinely creepy shots, but those are the sort of things that make a good film better, not a bad film good. The story overall is disjointed, but even watching individual scenes unfold is confusing and unbelievable. Lead character Joseph seems to forget the life-saving act he was engaged in in one room the second that he enters the next. And these aren't even the largest of the films problems. But hey, at least it's better than 11/11/11.
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