Monday, January 7, 2008

11.14 (2003)

Buzzy (Hilary Swank): You do what you gotta do, but I'm not going to open up this drawer.
[Duffy (Shawn Hatosy) points his pistol at her]
Duffy: Look at me.
Buzzy: Why, so you could shoot me in the face?
Duffy: C'mon, just look at me.
[Buzzy still refuses]
Duffy: Goddamnit, you're so stubborn!

At 11.14, a young man’s car windshield is shattered by a jumper from an overpass. At 11.14, a group of negligent teen boys in a van hit and kill a young female pedestrian. At 11.14, a father covers for his daughter’s act of murder. To say any more would be to give away the concept of this film. Tense, fast-paced, light, and sometimes funny, it tells its story with a welcome brevity and a compact 86 minute running time. The best scene is in the convenience store, where Buzzy (Hilary Swank, wearing a mean set of braces) and Duffy (Shawn Hatosy) argue about how to do a robbery. It’s marred by a few script contrivances (like Cheri parking her car directly facing and in front of Duffy’s car, which doesn’t seem right, since she should have been thinking of making a quick getaway – but it works out perfectly, since she needs to use his jumper cables without him knowing it). Spirited score by Clint Mansell. Rating: 2.5 of 4 reviewed 5 Nov 2007

"Enjoyable, smartly directed comedy thriller with a clever script and engaging performances from its ensemble cast."
- Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

"Fast and fairly engaging ... but in the end it feels a bit pointless."
- Rich Cline (Shadows on the Wall)

"It's not terrible filmmaking, but the plot's "cleverness" will hardly knock your boots off."
- Christopher Null (FilmCritic.com)

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