11 MINUTES REVIEWED
“11 Minutes” is a failed experiment. Intercutting between people experiencing 11 minutes of their lives creates a weird split. Some are mundane, while others are exciting. All points of construction lead to a narrative that feels fake and kills all attempts at drama. For 83 minutes, I found myself wondering what I was watching. The novelty of the experiment is to be applauded, but what about execution?
No idea in this film ever sticks the landing. Poor showings all around just makes me not want to recommend the film. But, I know that some readers will want to experience it. I just can’t recommend it.
- 2.40:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby 5.1
RELEASE DATE: 8/16/16
- Video - 82%82%
- Audio - 84%84%
- Supplemental Material - 80%80%
- Film Score - 46%46%
The Plot Thus Far
In the span of eleven tense minutes, a whirlwind of interlocking tales of life in the surveillance age unfold in this stylish, propulsive thriller from acclaimed director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, Essential Killing). In a city square in Warsaw, a sleazy film director auditions a married actress in a hotel room; a hot dog vendor goes about his work while concealing a dark secret; a motorcycle-driving drug runner trysts with a client s wife; and a young man plots an ill-advised robbery. Mixing sleek cinematography with footage from webcam, smartphone, and CCTV cameras, 11 Minutes masterfully lays out the pieces of a puzzle and then brings them together in an explosive climax.