For those who don’t know, there have been documented cases of persons who are seemingly haunted or obsessed with the reoccurrence of double digit numbers, more notably the set 11:11. In the latest film 11-11-11, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV), this very study is explored to a mass of cinema goers.
So while it is indeed just a movie, the data that is used is actually centered around the phenomena itself.
Joseph Crone (Timothy Gibbs) is a world renowned author whose wife and son has recently passed away. He’s having nightmares about the ordeal and he’s starting the see the number 11:11 everywhere he goes. He gets a call from his wheel chaired-bound minister brother (Michael Landes) that their father, who is also a minister, is dying and only has a few days left to live. He then travels to Barcelona, Spain to spend his last days with his family. While there, the number and nightmares still plague him and shadowy creatures start to pop up all around him. As the date 11-11-11 draws near and things start to escalate, Joseph starts to realize that he and his brother are a piece of a bigger puzzle that has implications that could affect humanity and religion itself.
Damn that synopsis sounds pretty bad ass. If only the movie were also that good. There is just not enough unique moments or horrific scenes that elevate the movie into something cool or good. As such, the scares are cheap and pointless, pretty much just shadowy figures looming in the background. Remember ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ or the recent Anthony Hopkins flick ‘The Rite’? How about the famous ‘The Omen’ (whose remake was released on 6-6-06)? Now, those are very good examples of how a religious horror movie should be.
Timothy Gibbs portrayal of Joseph Crone is somewhat a sincere one. He’s a man torn, he’s lost his faith in god and can’t console his suffering, thus leaving him in a poor situation to take on the supernatural forces that are knocking on his door so to speak. Gibbs manages to bring across his character’s angst and confusion quite believably.
There was a supporting character Sadie (Wendy Glenn) that was supposed to provide emotional support to Joseph and to showcase the power of the other worldly entity. But at the end of the day, I find myself asking what the point of this character was.
By the time it gets to the end it’s just too late. The final confrontation on 11-11-11 with the beings is predictable but kinda works. The aftermath, which is a big twist, is pretty strong and helps tie the movie together. It partially redeems the script but probably raises more questions than it answers. However, movie fans should not have any problems figuring it out half way through the movie.
Fellow Saw franchise director James Wan’s ‘Insidious’ was impressive. But Bousman’s 11-11-11 turned out to be a rather weak horror flick as one would expect. In fact, it is only hampered by a garbled mashup of Christianity, occult beliefs and numerology, which just makes this entire movie kind of feel like it’s a waste of time.
Overall 11-11-11 is a eerie flick and it’s not the kind of movie that sensitive religious types will enjoy. I was disappointed with it and I can’t really recommend it to anyone unless you are the kind who digs religious horror. Other than that, there’s nothing really of any significant about this date at all. It’s only funny how a date can be the sole basis for a horror film’s plot.
Till then, this is Chella signing off, not giving a damn about 11-11-11.