11:14 Release Date: 20 August 2004 Genre: Comedy | Crime Director: Greg Marcks Writer: Greg Marcks Starring: Hilary Swank, Rachael Leigh Cook, Patrick Swayze, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster 11:14 is a fantastic movie, and it’s sad that despite being released theatrically in many foreign markets, it went direct-to-video in the states. Sure, 11:14 would’ve bombed […]

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11:14
Release Date: 20 August 2004
Genre: Comedy | Crime
Director: Greg Marcks
Writer: Greg Marcks
Starring: Hilary Swank, Rachael Leigh Cook, Patrick Swayze, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster

11:14 is a fantastic movie, and it’s sad that despite being released theatrically in many foreign markets, it went direct-to-video in the states. Sure, 11:14 would’ve bombed if it opened wide because it lacks box office stars. With the positive reviews that it certainly would’ve garnered, 11:14 could have easily performed well in a limited release though. This is an ultra-stylish and creative flick that you absolutely need to check out.

The events of 11:14 all take place between 10:59 and 11:14 PM in the town of Middleton. Unfolding through a series of vignettes that connect to each other flawlessly, 11:14 showcases more cruel twists of fate than you can count on two hands.

The movie begins in a fashion that sets the course for the rest of the eighty-five minute movie. A twenty-something year old man is driving home drunk without any real problems when all of a sudden a body falls from the sky, landing right on his hood with a thud that destroys the front-end of his vehicle. Panicked about the repercussions of getting another DUI, he stuffs the body into his drunk after a friendly woman calls the police for him against his wishes. After the brief adventure he goes through with a police officer, we come to learn exactly where that body has come from. The other segments focus on the exploits of other unlucky people around the town. There are the partying teenagers who have taken a parent’s van without permission, the convenience store clerk (Swank) who gets asked to participate in a faux robbery by a fellow employee who wants to pay for an abortion for his girlfriend (Cook), Patrick Swayze freaking out to protect his daughter, and more.

There have been two criticisms lobbied at 11:14 in other reviews. The first is that there appears to be no particular reason for director Greg Marcks to make the film. Now why exactly does there need to be a clear-cut reason behind making a mucho entertaining film? The second is the most ridiculous. 11:14 ends on a bang, just as the clock hits 11:14 for the last time. There are people who actually wanted the film to go beyond that. Doing that would’ve no doubt put a huge damper on this wonderful production, as part of what makes it great is that Marcks made a great movie with only fifteen minutes of these people’s lives at his disposal.

I almost gave 11:14 a 9, which would’ve locked its position as Best DTV Film of 2005, but I changed my mind after watching it for a second time. Every now and then something popped up that I just didn’t like, with some of that coming from the lack of fluidity with Patrick Swayze’s part in the story.

A few years after playing a high schooler in She’s All That, Rachael Leigh Cook tomboys it up to the point where she actually looks like a sixteen year old girl. It took me a while to figure that the female I was looking at was actually Rachael Leigh Cook. Cook is only the tip of iceberg as far as the casting for this project goes. As you’d expect, Hilary Swank does a great job. Plus, nearly every supporting actor is recognizable if you’re as big of a pop culture nerd as I am. Even Jason Segal, from “Freaks and Geeks,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and Slackers pops up as a paramedic.

Greg Marcks, you are the man.

DVD: New Line dropped the ball by throwing this out on video, but at the very least they pepper the DVD with features. There’s a blandish commentary track with Marcks, a few deleted/extended scenes (two of which should’ve been kept in the film), storyboard-to-film comparisons, a fluffy making of, and one of those scene rearranging things that I didn’t even bother to check out.

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