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11:14 - DVD review (4 stars)

11:14

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(15) 86min (Fox DVD retail/rental)

DRAMA

This clever cubist thriller examines a single moment in time from the varying perspectives of a dozen people for whom 11:14 pm proves to be a pivotal moment in their lives. Writer-director Greg Marcks’ inspired and assured feature debut begins with Henry Thomas’ drunk driver running into someone or something on an otherwise empty New England highway. Thereafter, the baton is passed from one character to another, most of whom are strangers, and a new set of events unfolds eventually bringing the story back to the empty highway.

Full points to Marcks for his consistently surprising plotting, which leaves the audience guessing despite incorporating some of the same events as witnessed from different angles. The shocking - and not a little gruesome - turn of events are presented with pitch perfect gallows humour, emphasised by the creepy soundtrack by former Pop Will Eat Itself rapper Clint Mansell (who began his film career equally impressively scoring Darren Aronofsky’s Pi.

Beyond the technical aspects of the film, the cast - Rachael Leigh Cook, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Swayze, Shawn Hatosy and Hilary Swank among them - do a delightful job of fleshing out the well-defined characters in Marcks’ script. Set your alarm for 11:14. Extras include ‘making of’ featurette.

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