Tells the seemingly random yet vitally connected story of a set of incidents that all converge one evening at 11:14pm. The lives of many cross at this one point in time which shall have life-altering effects. DVD Features:... more »
Audio Commentary:Filmmaker Commentary with Director Greg Marcks
This is a hard movie to watch because of the close-up, believable violence. Even the 'accidents' were awful. If someone had told me there was this much violence in this movie, I would not have watched it.
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Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY Reviewed on 9/28/2009...
a somewhat complicated story that needs watching more than once. However, interesting movie that we enjoyed.
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Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ Reviewed on 7/2/2009...
This movie brings some great elements together, it can be violent and graphic. I like to watch movies like this twice. It was a perfect mix of suspense, coincidence and fate in one movie.
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Claudia F. (Claudia413) from COCONUT CREEK, FL Reviewed on 4/7/2009...
A series of seemingly random events converge in a web of murder and deceit in this gritty, edge-of-your-seat thriller starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Rachael Leigh Cook. Also featured are Patrick Swayze and Barbara Hershey.
As the clock turns 11:14, a young man is driving down the highway and suddenly his life is thrown into chaos when a disturbing event occurs. Turns out, many in the town are involved and as their stories unfold, a night of secrets, lies and shocking surprises is revealed. In the vein of "Crash" and "Memento", "11:14" is a stylish suspense story that will keep you guessing until the last fateful minute.
This movie certainly holds your attention as it unfolds.
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Sandra S. (ratracesandra) from CUMMING, GA Reviewed on 2/26/2009...
What a a strange turn of events. Movie back-tracks to 11:14...
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Alex P. (x3iv) from PEMBROKE, VA Reviewed on 1/30/2009...
What a great surprise! I had never heard of this and decided to buy it when I had to buy 4 once, and what a great movie it was. Sort of a quiet hit, but a compelling story, well-told. Draws a bit from the Memento method of mixing the order of the story around to making it more intriguing. I have little patience for formulaic movies, and this one is not that at all. Highly entertaining.
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A Brilliant Feature Film Debut
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 10/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""11:14" is writer/director Greg Marcks' first feature film, and it is a unique and riveting look at the randomness of life, and how our lives interconnect amid the chaos of it. Starting with the imaginative titles, it's keeps one's interest for all of its 85 minute length. All the action takes place on a single night in "Middletown", which represents any small USA town, the kind that closes up by 9 PM. Only 10 characters (as well as an overworked policeman and 2 paramedics) are left to create a plot so clever one can see this film several times, and be entertained by it.
The ensemble cast is fantastic, with Patrick Swayze (wearing a "fat suit" to hide his athletic physique) as Frank, the father of devious wench Cheri (Rachael Leigh Cook) and husband of Norma (Barbara Hershey). There is marvelous interaction between Buzzy and Duffy, 2 convenience store clerks, superbly played by Hilary Swank and Shawn Hatosy. Others in the fine cast include Henry Thomas as Jack, Clark Gregg as the beleaguered cop, and Stark Sands, Colin Hanks, and Ben Foster, as 3 kids out for a night of fun and mayhem.
Filmed on a shoestring in 26 nights in Altadena, California, Marcks was only 24 when he wrote the script, and filmed it a year later. He is very articulate, and the excellent DVD extras include informative commentary by him, as well as a "making of" featurette, deleted scenes (the final one is terrific), and more. The music by Clint Mansell is also great and adds much to the film. Marcks says about the randomness of life that "perhaps there is a larger design...but we're incapable of seeing it", and the film is also about choices, whether or not one takes responsibility for those choices, and how they affect other people. Though some may find this film too bizarre, it is is a brilliant debut for Marcks, and I eagerly look forward to seeing his future work. "
If you thought "Crash" was a mind-blowing movie...you haven'
Nicholas Carroll | Portland OR United States | 12/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Its a shame that I never even heard of this movie except by chance on amazon.com's list of "best movies you've never even heard of" (or something like that). As I read the list of actors in the film, I was surprised how this one fell through the cracks. It has Henry Thomas, Patrick Swayze, Barbara Hershey, Hilary Swank, Colin Hanks, Rachel Leigh Cook, and the always good Sean Hatosy. With a cast like that, how did it not get the kind of media attention that "Crash" got?
Maybe because it was made by a debut "Generation X" director, Greg Marcks. Like "Donnie Darko" director Richard Kelly before him, Marcks got shafted on the publicity machine. I saw "Crash" in theaters and really liked it. But for all its clever coincidences, I found the story quite unbelievably contrived (as the film characters are connected in surprising ways, which takes place in the huge megatropolis of Los Angeles). When I read the description for "11:14", it sounded a lot like "Crash" but came out a year or two earlier. After watching it, let me tell you...I have never had such a mind-blowing experience watching a film before. This film had me riveted as I watched how all the story segments fall into place. By the end of the movie, I was like "whoa!" Brilliant, man. Absolutely brilliant!
Like the movie "Crash", this one involves a couple car accidents and the ways the people involved are all connected to one another. To reveal any more is to ruin the film experience. All I can say is that the performances were really good. I've been a fan of Henry Thomas since "E.T.", since he is the same age as me and I related to his Elliot character back then. He's a good actor who deserves to be in more films. Patrick Swayze in this reminds me of the small but pivotal role he played in "Donnie Darko", which leads me to wonder why he's playing in such minor roles, being directed by Generation X director. Barbara Hershey, another actress I like from the 1980s, seems to reprise her role in the film "Lantana", but this role is simply too small, but she manages it well. However, I think this film showcases the talents of Sean Hatosy, who is becoming one of my favorite actors by how well he makes his facial expressions. From "Soldier Girl" to "Faith of My Fathers" to "11:14", I really hope his career launches into more leading man status or at least a buddy film. He is definitely the actor to watch.
When the final scene occurs and all the pieces fall together, I was so amazed by its brilliance that I had to watch it again, and then again with the director's commentary track. This is a film that I would've seen in theaters had it been better publicized and distributed. As far as first films go, you can't get better than this. Like director Richard Kelly, I believe Greg Marcks is another one to watch. If you enjoyed "Crash" and "Memento", you'll probably love this film as well. And memo to Hollywood...don't be afraid to take risks on unconventional storylines. This movie far exceeds the formulaic action/romantic-comedy/suspense films you dish out to audiences year after year. This film leaves a lasting impression and really blows your mind away with its implication. Its what every viewer wants to experience when they watch a movie."
An Absolutely Fascinating Little Film
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 10/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Greg Marcks offers us in '11:14' that rare breed of film that keeps us on the edge of our seats for the entire 95 minutes running time. This strangely wonderful tale embraces the ideas of consequences and serendipity by unraveling a story of two deaths that affect the lives of eight kids and two parents, each with separate perceptions of shared incidents, and all of those perceptions intertwine in the most unique way imaginable. This is not a teen horror flick, not an attempt to do an imitation cheap movie like 'Blair Witch Project' look-alikes. '11:14' is simply a fine script played with comedy and tragedy and wide-eyed wonderment by a top notch cast of actors.
To relate the tale would to defray the anxiety Marcks creates in his writing. It is sufficient to say that little nerdy people in a small town somewhere are all caught up in two deaths, a thwarted robbery, a case of missing bodies, and a final core explanation of how the whole foolish mess got started. Along the way there are hilarious moments of accidental death during intercourse in a grave yard, a severed penis and its impact on hit and run kids, a rather randy and hormone driven trashy girl whose parents get caught up in the scheme of things... and that is only starters.
The exceptional cast includes Hilary Swank (with braces), Patrick Swayze (with body padding), Barbara Hershey obsessed with opera, Rachel Leigh Cook as the promiscuous round robin girl, Henry Thomas as a drunk driver, Ben Foster as the genital loser, Blake Heron, Shawn Hatosy, Blake Heron, Stark Sands, Colin Hanks, and Gregg Clark as the revolving police officer who tries to keep up and make sense of the mess.
The cinematography is beautifully handled by Shane Hurlbut who manages to keep the nighttime ambience all centered on the 11:14 PM restrictions of the action. But above all it is the brilliant script and tight direction by Marcks that makes this the strong, grossly overlooked sleeper of a movie that it is. It just has everything! Grady Harp, October 05"
Love Actually Meets The Dark Side
B. Merritt | WWW.FILMREVIEWSTEW.COM, Pacific Grove, California | 07/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
In the vein of LOVE ACTUALLY, 11:14 gives us a set of intersecting storylines but in a very black comedy way. And while I enjoyed LOVE ACTUALLY very much, 11:14 I enjoyed only marginally. Don't get me wrong, it is entertaining. But a few times during the viewing I said, "No way would it happen like that."
11:14 focuses on several lives that are forever changed at exactly the same moment, and how each overlaps the other in strange and often chuckling ways. The film starts out with Jack (Henry Thomas, E.T.) driving down the road, half-drunk, when he runs over someone in his car. Terrified that he'll go to jail, he quickly tucks the body into the back of his car's trunk. Norma (Barbara Hershey) approaches the accident in her own car, sees Jack, and quickly surmises that he's hit a deer ("Happens all the time right around here"). She helpfully calls the police to notify them of the accident and drives away. Officer Hannagan (Clark Gregg) shows up on the scene and uncovers the truth. Or is it the truth? Did Jack really hit and kill this guy?
We back-pedal to another group of lives, a trio of young boys out for a good time. They're driving around, drinking, and letting ...um ...everything hang-out. In fact, one of them decides to pee out the window and it is during this time that the driver accidentally runs into a young woman in the middle of the road, instantly killing her. How terrible. Or is it? In the process of slamming on the brakes, the young man who was peeing out the window loses his manhood, too. Ouch!
Another set involves Buzzy (Hilary Swank) and Duffy (Shawn Hatosy) who are workmates at a local convenience store. Duffy needs cash and decides to rob the store (with Buzzy's approval). Trouble is, Buzzy wants him to wound her so that it looks like she was trying to protect the store and won't get fired. A gunshot overheard. A bowling ball. A missing set of keys. All of these things lead to some rather outlandish yet darkly funny hijinks.
The final set of lives (mostly) are the family of the aforementioned Norma (Hershey). She's married to Frank (Patrick Swayze) and they have a daughter named Cheri (Rachael Leigh Cook) whom starts all of this pandemonium. It is her who is on the phone with Jack (Thomas) at the beginning of the film and it is this that causes Jack to get into the "accident". It is also Cheri who is responsible for the death of a young man by having sex with him in a cemetery and causing a headstone to fall on his head, thus crushing his brains out. She's not a very nice lady, out for "the money", and she's using everyone, including her father, in order to get what she wants. She is the one who's responsible for the dead guy that Jack hits; he didn't run-over and kill anyone. It was Cheri's father throwing the body of the bashed-in-brains guy off an overpass and landing on Jack's car. She's also the young woman who gets hit and killed by the trio of boys out having a good time. And she's been pretending to be pregnant and needing money from her boyfriends in order to get an abortion. One of these boyfriends, as it turns out, is Duffy, who would use the money from his robbery in order to pay for Cheri's procedure. But her death puts a quick end to that and closes pandora's box.
Twisting the viewer's perceptions is the game here, and it's pulled off pretty well. The story was entertaining and I kept watching, only to be amazed at how these lives intersected.
The only downside is the impossibility of certain aspects. Most notably is the cop, Officer Hannagan, who is the only law enforcement official we ever see. Considering all of the death, shooting, accidents, and other bizarre occurrences, the police would've been swarming over these scenes. But no. All we see is one lone officer with no crime scenes. Not likely.
Still, the story moves along a great clip and the audience is entertained by the unfolding stories."
A dark surprise
Melanie Edwards | Commerce, MI | 04/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i first saw 11: 14 on stars one night and decided to check it out and i was blown away. this flick, a combination of drama and comedy, takes place in the town of middletown were at 11:14 the lives of many collide for the better or worse. it mainly has five story's, the first about a drunk driver that seems to hit someone, the second about three teenagers who make a fatal mistake, the third is about a father trying to hide a discovered body, the fourth about two store clerks with a dimwit plan, and the last, a girl desperate for money. each story then connects to each other in a very smooth action. its sort of like a version of Crash, except made two years earlier. its now one of my top 25 films, so i higly recommend this unsung gem."