11-11-11

By Brett Mullins

Released: 2011

Written and Directed by Darren Bousman

After the loss of his wife and son in a fire, best selling horror author Joseph Crone finds himself in a slump, suffering from depression. He begins to notice the number ‘11:11’ here and there and becomes concerned as to if someone or something is trying to reach him.

Joseph is portrayed by Timothy Gibbs, a George Clooney look-a-like that is far too clumsy and awkward for such a serious role. It is somewhat reminiscent of Craig Bierko’s performance in Scary Movie 4.

This film takes quite some time to build and feels much like a haunted house experience once the action begins. The walls become covered with vines, shadowed creatures pop out from behind every corner, and the background is filled with a tense score.

As the conclusion nears, the audience will quickly recognize the influence of the Saw series on writer/director Darren Bousman, director of Saw II, III, and IV. An attempt is made to pull the story together at the last minute; however, unlike in the Saw series, this technique ultimately fails to connect with the audience. Upon reflection, not all of the pieces fit together, and the result is rather disappointing.

This film managed to arouse an interesting question, however. Is it likely that the supernatural operates on the Gregorian calendar to plan interventions on earth?

That aside, 11-11-11 is an attempt to cash in on a ‘once in a lifetime’ date with a uninspired and mediocre film.

Rating: 3/10

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