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Do You Think Something Will Happen On 11-11-11?
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writer: Darren Lynn Bousman
Cast: Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Brendan Price, Denis Rafter, Wendy Glenn, Lluís Soler, Lolo Herrero, Benjamin Cook, Montserrat Alcoverro, Jesus Cuenca, Salomé Jiménez, J. LaRose, Alejandro Gil, Pau Tural, Patrizia Medrano, Xavi Vara
Synopsis: Following the tragic death of his wife, Sarah, and son, Cole, in a fire caused by an insane fan, famed American best-selling author Joseph Crone is suffering severe depression that prevents him from writing.
While attending psychological support sessions, he meets Sadie, a young woman who has suffered a similar tragedy. One day, after a heart-warming conversation with Sadie, Joseph suffers a horrible car accident but comes out of it miraculously unscathed.
The accident occurs at exactly 11:11 AM.
Soon Joseph will discover that 11 is a number that was somehow important in his past life, and is doomed to appear more and more often in his daily existence.
MPAA Rating: R for for bloody violence
Why is it easier to believe in the devil, than it is to believe in god?
In a society that's plagued by cruelty and deception, it can become easy for almost any man to lose his faith in religion. After all, with so much cruelty that mankind has shown throughout history, one has to wonder where is this merciful god that we've worshiped for centuries? In times of war and starvation, where is he when we need him most? Did he stop caring about us? Or maybe he never existed at all? These are some of the many questions that our main protagonist, Joseph Crone (Timothy Gibbs), questions throughout the movie.
In the film, Joseph is a highly successful writer of many best seller suspense/mystery novels. However, he's also an Atheist as well, as he continually copes with his loss in faith since the tragic demise of his wife and child. Ironically, he's the son of a Preacher, and his brother, Samuel (Michael Landes), has taken a liking to religion as well; stepping into his father's footsteps as he preaches a congregation up in Barcelona. Needless to say, they don't exactly see eye to eye, as they both try to restore his faith.
For the past few years, Joseph has been constantly haunted with nightmares about his families' death. Remembering how one of his own readers was so upset by his book that they burned down his home, as he watched his child and wife burn alive before he could save them. Miraculously, he manages to survive the fire in spite of all odds. Could it be a coincidence that only he survived the fire? Or could there be some divine intervention at play to keep him alive for a special purpose? Or maybe...what kept him alive isn't something holy at all....as it could be something else entirely?
Needless to say, Joseph hasn't been able to get over his families' death since, so he's stumbled into a bit of a writers block recently. Now, he attends various support groups to cope with his loss, as he writes down all his thoughts inside a journal. Depicting every thought, and incident that he remembers about his life, as it serves sort of as a private memoir of his past. As luck would have it, he ends up in a brutal car accident on his way home from one of the group therapy sessions. Allegedly the accident was so severe that the other driver died upon impact, but Joseph miraculously survived unharmed.... Could this be divine intervention at play here? Or maybe it's something else? Whatever the case may be, the following events prove to be interesting.
As I mentioned before, Joseph suffers from constant nightmares about his families' death, but he's also haunted by the bizarre number sequence "11-11-11." Whenever he wakes up from his nightmares, the clock always reads 11:11. Whenever, something bad happens to him in his life...whether it be the time that his wife and child died, or the time that his mom died giving birth to Samuel...the time and date eerily had a connection to the number sequence...11-11-11, in some way. Could it all be one giant coincidence here? Or, maybe it's a sign of things to come...a warning if you will. However, if it's truly a warning, then who's it from? And most of all, what are these messages trying to say?
Eventually, Joseph is called up to visit his family in Barcelona, as he hears that his father is dying. Although he carries an embedded hatred towards his father and his ideals, but he still genuinely cares about the man. It's from here that we meet his family, as they try to reestablish his faith in god and religion. Of course, it doesn't work, as he adamantly believes that if there was a god, then there wouldn't be so much suffering throughout the world. However, as time goes on, the bizarre number sequence haunts him even more during his stay at Barcelona, as his nightmares soon turn into hallucinations. The movie starts off on the date 11-08-11, but as the date of 11-11-11 moves eerily closer, Joseph's hallucinations grow even worse, as it soon gets to the point that even he starts to question whether or not there truly is some sort of celestial being trying to contact him. But for what purpose though? I can't really say without giving this away, as many readers will have to see the movie to find out.
For those that are unfamiliar with the 11-11-11 prophecy, many people have speculated the possibility that celestial beings use number sequences to come in contact with the human world. And to make matters more interesting, these same people often speculate the possibility that something of spiritual or religious significance will happen on that day; whether it be something good or bad. While other theorists have speculated that it's nothing more than a hoax, and that the number sequence itself is really a matter of the person's mind playing tricks on them, to find significance where there is none. Of course, other theorist have tried to connect the number sequence to other tragic events such as "9/11", as representing as some sort of celestial warning towards humanity. Whatever your beliefs are about this particular number sequence, there's no disputing that many people have conjured up many theories in regards to it. Could they be on to something that most people tend to overlook, or maybe these people are just schmucks that have way too much time on their hands. Who's to really say? I guess we'll have to wait until 11-11-11 to find out for sure.
To get back to the review though, I actually enjoyed this movie a lot. In some ways, it reminds me of M. Night Shymalan's "Sixth Sense", as it features a skeptical protagonist with a lot of internal conflict. A tragic past that constantly haunts his mind, as his beliefs are slowly challenged to the point of confusion. Clever foreshadowing shown to the viewer of what to expect, but it's so eerily subtle that most won't see the surprise twist coming until the end. But after you see the film, the clues and foreshadowing all come together nicely, as a part of you can't help but think..how could I have missed that? Indeed, this movie is not only a great thriller, but it definitely works as a great mystery movie as well; keeping it's audience constantly guessing as to what will happen next.
To say that Darren Lynn Bousman did a great job with this movie would be an understatement, as he certainly reminds audiences of how effective of a storyteller he can be. As for the acting performances, I thought all the actors played their parts rather well; with the notable exception of Wendy Glenn (Sadie), as her performance was the only one that seemed unconvincing. Although, it certainly doesn't ruin the movie, but it is rather disappointing considering how well orchestrated the rest of the film is.
However, the two best performances in this movie came from Timothy Gibbs and Michael Landes. Like Leonardo DiCaprio from "Shutter Island", Timothy Gibbs portrays a deep internal conflict like no other. Sure, the character starts off cool and collected about his ideals and past, but as events start to unfold, he soon finds himself questioning the very fabric of reality. Is there some sort of celestial/divine intervention trying to warn him of something? Or has he truly lost his mind? Don't get me wrong, I'm not comparing this movie to "Shutter Island" by any means, as that would be ridiculous. No, I'm merely stating that the internal conflict that Timothy shows in this movie is very deep, as the audience can't help but be intrigued by his plight.
Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to say that this is the best thriller/suspense story that I've ever seen, but it's definitely one of the best this year. Featuring clever foreshadowing that will force even the most intelligent of viewer guessing; while featuring a deep character driven story that will hook audiences attention from beginning to end. Although, I doubt seriously anything will happen on 11-11-11, but this movie is definitely worth checking out at a rating of three out of four.
Information about 11-11-11 for those that wish to know more about the phenomenon
- The 11:11 phenomenon
Th 11:11 Phenomena & The 2012 Connection will capture your attention.
- Uri Geller
Uri Geller probably the world's most famous paranormalist, visit his homepage for news and events on the paranormal
- 11-11-11 The Movie
The film's official website
- 11:11 O\'Clock Explained - what is it all about?
11:11 is the time prompt of the Spirit Guardians, and belong to a group just 1,111 in number.
Thousands will gather for 11/11/11 ceremonies, trance dances or video projects around the world, and several Facebook pages marking the date have popped up.
- COINCIDENCE AND 11:11
This is the first of a series of pages of reports from people seeing 11:11 often. Included are various theories about the phenomenon, links to related articles, and other coincidental numbers, such as the triplets 111, 222, 333, 444, 555, 666, 777, 8
Nothing unusual, meaningful, ominous or auspicious? Depends on who you ask
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