Printer Friendly

11:14; Cert 15, 86mins *** TRY IT.

Byline: DAVID EDWARDS

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.

CAPTION(S):

ROBBERY: Hilary Swank' COVER UP: Patrick Swayze
COPYRIGHT 2006 MGN LTD
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2006 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2006
Words:241
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.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters