11:55 Movie Review
A character-rich drama about a Marine who returns home to even more violence, 11:55 unfortunately suffers from a major problem: it tells a story that has seemingly been done many times before without establishing why this go-around is any different.
Co-writer Victor Almanzar stars as Nelson Sanchez, who gets tangled up with former friends a.k.a. thugs and criminals, even though he wants to have a clean start. The supporting cast includes more recognizable actors including Elizabeth Rodriguez (Fear the Walking Dead), John Leguizamo and Julia Stiles.
11:55 is largely well made, which I suppose is a good thing considering it has two directors (Ari Issler and Ben Snyder), and the movie gets better as it goes along. But it took a while to get into the story, and even by the end I didn’t really care about what happened to Nelson a whole lot. The story is ultimately predictable given similar themes and ideas have been explored in other, better movies--the climax is especially cliche.
11:55 isn’t a bad movie as much as it is an unremarkable one.
11:55 was screened at the 2016 Seattle International Film Festivial (SIFF).
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.