Director Darren Lynn Bousman was at the helm of three instalments of the Saw franchise, one of the most successful horror film franchises of recent history. Therefore, there was a lot of hype surrounding this film, especially since it would start premiere on 11/11/11.
PLOT: After the death of his wife and child, an author travels to Barcelona to see estranged brother and dying father, where he learns that his life is plagued by events that occur on 11/11/11.
DIRECTOR: Darren Lynn Bousman
ACTORS: Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Brendan Price, Wendy Glenn
GENRE: Horror, Thriller
AGE RESTRICTION: Rated 16 (Violence, Language)
Unfortunately all the hype was for nothing, as this film badly bombed at the box office. And for good reason.
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 from severe depression that prevents him from writing. He has sleepless nights and lives on pills.
While attending psychological support sessions, he meets Sadie, a woman who has suffered a similar tragedy. One day, after an encouraging conversation with Sadie, Joseph suffers a horrible car accident but comes out of it miraculously unscathed.
This incident happens at exactly 11:11 am.
We then learn that the number 11 somehow plays a significant part in Joseph’s life, as his wife and son were killed on the 11th November.
Joseph’s life becomes plagued with strange happenings, and the constant sightings of the number 11.
Joseph then travels to Barcelona to see his estranged brother, a priest teaching weird doctrine and his dying father. More strange things continue to happen, most of them at 11:11pm every night.
Curiosity quickly turns into obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself, but possibly to all of religion as we know it. With 11/11/11 coming closer, time is running out to figure out what will happen on that day, and what role he will play in it.
The plot is even sillier than this above description makes it sound. The number 11 somehow has some sort of religious significance and we find out that it has something to do with beings (something like demons) trying to communicate with Joseph. His brother keeps quoting parts of the Bible and we keep seeing strange supernatural things happen.
Eventually we see some of these strange beings. And man, do they look bad. It looks as if the film-makers raided a 1970’s costume store and found some old “creature” outfits.
From there the story spirals down into a religious mess with the most ridiculous things happening to everyone involved.
There’s also ominous music right throughout this film, for the whole 90min, whether something nasty is going to happen or not.
And don’t even get me started with the “surprise” ending of this film.
There are a quite few expletives that would aptly describe just how bad this film is. Sadly I cannot utter them here. Just know that this is one of the worst films you will ever see. It is so disjointed and senselessly written, it’s hard to take this trash serious as a horror film.
I wanted to say that Bousman should have known better, but then I saw that he is also credited as the writer. Throwing ink at a page will deliver a more concise plot and better story than this.
What’s even more surprising is that a production company actually read this script, if you want to call it that, and decided to put money forward to make this. Shame on them!
This is pure garbage. Do not touch this with a pole. Avoid it like the bubonic plague!
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