11-11-11

 
Supposedly timely horror movie is dull, meaningless.
  • Review Date: November 12, 2011
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

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.

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Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 11, 2011
DVD release date:April 24, 2012
Cast:Michael Landes, Timothy Gibbs, Wendy Glenn
Director:Darren Lynn Bousman
Studio:Rocket Releasing
Genre:Horror
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:violence/terror, some disturbing images and thematic material

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Teen, 16 years old Written byscreambrentleyx3 April 27, 2012
age 17+
 

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 other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Parent Written bySCREEN NAME1 November 17, 2011
age 11+
 

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What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old January 7, 2014
age 12+
 

PG-13 (SUPPOST TO BE AN R) RERRLY WHY PG-13!

THIS IS BAD SKIP IT
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Too much violence

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