11-11-11

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
11-11-11 Movie Poster Image
Supposedly timely horror movie is dull, meaningless.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie doesn't seem to know what it wants to say, unless it's to spark a debate about the pros and cons of faith and numerology.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character tries to protect his brother during a supernatural attack and shows some heroism, but he's thwarted by forces he doesn't understand.

Violence

Guns are pulled, and one character is shot (though it's just a hallucination). A woman and a child die in a fire, in a dream (or flashback), and several minor characters die. The main character survives an (off-screen) car crash. Spooky ghosts and ghouls appear.

Sex

Minor flirting.

Language

Infrequent swearing includes one use of "s--t," plus "goddamn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink as a way of dealing with tense, scary situations. They take a few sips after an incident (from a flask, as well as a glass) but are never seen drunk. The main character is seen popping some kind of prescription pill every time he's in a tense situation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 11-11-11 is a cheap horror movie meant to cash in on the supposedly auspicious date of Nov. 11, 2011, though it's so bad and boring that it's unlikely to make much impact. The scares are fairly mild overall, with only a few ghosts and ghouls (looking like people dressed in Halloween gear). Guns are pulled, and a character is shot in a dream sequence. Some minor characters die. Language is infrequent but includes one use of "s--t." Characters drink from time to time after tense situations, and the main character pops prescription pills whenever he gets upset.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySCREEN NAME1 November 17, 2011
Kid, 11 years old January 7, 2014
Teen, 16 years old Written byscreambrentleyx3 April 27, 2012

2011

I thought this movie made you think about the time where it was in 2011 and all the bad and funny moments. It helps you think back

What's the story?

After the death of his wife and child, successful author Joseph Crone (Timothy Gibbs) travels to Barcelona to visit his ailing father and his brother Samuel (Michael Landes), a priest. Joseph, an atheist, argues frequently with his brother about the existence of God, while he puts serious credibility in the meaning of the number "11," which has been haunting him as of late. Terrible things seem to happen when the clock reaches 11:11, and now the ominous date of 11/11/11 is coming up. A friend, Sadie (Wendy Glenn), arrives to help, but it may be too late. Can Joseph figure out what the sinister "elevens" mean, protect his brother, and stop the terrible event before it occurs?

Is it any good?

The acting is sub-par, the plot is riddled with holes, and the scares are simply pathetic; they consist of grown people wearing Halloween masks jumping out of the shadows. Worst of all, the movie is excruciatingly boring; not even the scenes of research and discovery bring any chills. Not to mention that, now that 11/11/11 has passed without any doom, the movie is already obsolete.

Earlier in 2011, the director of the original Saw made a very good horror movie, Insidious, using suggestion and off-screen chills. Now, Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV, tries the same thing, with significantly lesser results. 11-11-11 smacks of being a quickie meant to cash in on a superstition behind a particular date and rushed into production to meet this deadline.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence and scares. How did they make you feel? Was any of it shocking? How do production values impact the effect of a movie's scary scenes?

  • Does the movie play on real-life fears, or is it pure fantasy?

Movie details

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