Over the course of 11 minutes, a mysterious force connects a group of strangers. The Jerzy Skolimowski film 11 Minutes (2016, currently on Hulu) is actually 83 minutes long and I can’t help but wonder if it would be better if the length of the movie was a more accurate reflection of its title.
It isn’t that 11 Minutes is terrible. It’s just kind of “blah”. It’s interesting enough that I don’t mind not understanding the plot (if it can actually be called a plot) for most of the movie. And there’s some intriguing cinematography, including a scene shot entirely from the perspective of a dog, but such novelties are few and far between. It’s impossible to develop an emotional connection with any of the characters as their actions are given no context; they engage in seemingly random activities leading up to a culminating event. And yes, that is clearly Skolimowski’s intent, but so what? The intent does not effectively increase enjoyment of the film.
It’s also Skolimowski’s intent to give the impression that there may be some deeper story going on underneath what viewers can readily discern. Whether there is or not is a matter of perspective, but the director’s purpose is clear, unwavering, and fundamentally predictable. With movies like 11 Minutes, one must ask if the journey is worth the destination…
In this case, the answer is no. Or at least, mostly no. Although the individual storylines are mostly incomprehensible, they’re interesting despite themselves, but the overall direction and outcome of the movie are basically predictable. Anyone with even the slightest nihilist streak will have a pretty good idea of how things will turn out (although I’ll admit that the final sequence of the film was surprisingly over the top). Overall, I can’t recommend 11 Minutes because it took about 72 minutes too long to make it’s predictable point.
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