11:14 - Review
Review by Jack Foley
GREG Marcks’ debut feature film may have been sitting around for some years but it’s actually a darkly amusing little indie thriller that consistently manages to entertain in spite of its many comparisons.
The film adopts a multi-character, multi-linear storyline much in the same way as Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros but is far more low-brow than either of those films.
The 11:14 of the title refers to a series of events that all take place around that time – most of which stem from a car crash.
Hence, things kick off as Henry Thomas’s drink-driver desperately attempts to cover up an accident that involves a body dropping onto his car from a bridge.
It then follows the events leading up to this incident from the perspectives of every character involved – some directly, others indirectly.
This includes Patrick Swayze’s concerned father, a trio of fraternity layabouts (including Colin Hanks) who get more than they bargained for, two convenience store clerks desperate for money (including Hilary Swank) and a femme fatale (Rachael Leigh Cook) whose deceptions serve to trigger the events.
Marcks, who also wrote the screenplay, capably keeps viewers guessing and drops in plenty of humour along the way to the clever finale, in which all of the mechanics come together to create a satisfying whole.
Along the way, there’s a severed penis to contend with, inept gunmen, naughty dogs and some illicit graveyard sex that comes to a very unholy climax.
It’s fun in a lowbrow kind of way even though it pales by comparison to the likes of Tarantino and Iñárritu.
And it features some nice performances from the likes of Swayze, Cook (incendiary as said temptress) and Swank, even if they are ill-served by some of the more lightweight material.
The overall impression, therefore, is that this could become a smart little indie hit in waiting – the kind of which is destined for cult status in the same way as Red Rock West and Office Space.
So catch it early.
Running time: 85mins