11:14; Cert 15, 86mins *** TRY IT.
The events surrounding a car crash are examined from multiple points of view in this mildly diverting ensemble comedy starring Patrick Swayze, Hilary Swank and Rachel Leigh Cook.
Made in 2003, 11:14 is a movie that's being discreetly released only now, presumably because they thought everyone's going to be watching Superman Returns. Actually, this is just as good.
Set in a sleepy backwater, the film is told in reverse chronology as drunk driver Jack (Henry Thomas) hits a young man with his car at precisely 11:14. We then skip to a convenience store where, at the same time, a cashier (Swank) is wounded in a botched robbery before an overprotective dad (Swayze) tries to cover up a crime to protect his daughter (Cook).
It's great fun to begin with, but the backwards storyline and the portrayal of a single moment from all those different perspectives makes for an increasingly confusing movie.
That said, there are some richly comic moments, including a sequence when one of three stoner pals loses his manhood while taking a leak from the side of a moving camper van. After his friend retrieves the missing organ, he utters the immortal words, "Sorry it took me so long, I was looking for something bigger". I nearly fell off my chair laughing.
THE REEL LOWDOWN
IF YOU LIKED... 21 Grams, Crash (2005)... YOU'LL LIKE THIS.
ROBBERY: Hilary Swank' COVER UP: Patrick Swayze
|Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback|
|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jul 14, 2006|
|Previous Article:||IN THE FRAME; 10 THINGS YOU HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT... BRYAN SINGER.|
|Next Article:||FRIGHTS IN TIGHTS; SUPERMAN RETURNS Cert 12A, 154 mins *** TRY IT.|