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With: Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Benjamin Cook
Written by: Darren Lynn Bousman
Directed by: Darren Lynn Bousman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence/terror, some disturbing images and thematic material
Running Time: 90
Date: 11/01/2011

11-11-11 (2011)

1 Star (out of 4)

This One Does NOT Go to Eleven

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Earlier this year, the director of the original Saw (2004) made a very good horror movie, Insidious, using suggestion and offscreen chills. Now, Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of Saw II, Saw III and Saw IV, tries the same thing with significantly lesser results. His 11-11-11 smacks of being a quickie, cashing in on a superstition behind a particular date, and rushed into production to meet this deadline.

After the death of his wife and child, successful author Joseph Crone (Timothy Gibbs) travels to Barcelona to visit his ailing father and his brother Samuel (Michael Landes), a priest. Joseph is an atheist and argues frequently with his brother about the existence of God, while he puts serious credibility in the meaning of the number "11," which has been haunting him as of late. Terrible things seem to happen when the clock reaches 11:11, and now the ominous date of 11/11/11 is coming up. A friend, Sadie (Wendy Glenn), arrives to help, but it may be too late. Can Joseph figure out what the sinister "elevens" mean, protect his brother, and stop the terrible event before it occurs?

The acting here is sub-par, the plot is riddled with holes, and the scares are simply pathetic; they consist of grown people jumping out of the shadows wearing Halloween masks. Worst of all, this movie is excruciatingly boring, and not even the scenes of research and discovery bring any chills. Not to mention that, now that the auspicious date has passed without any doom, the movie is already obsolete.

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