Based on four new tracks from Toronto band Paint, 11:11 tells the story of Trevor (Zac Che), a man who begins a downward spiral into drugs and alcohol after his relationship falls apart. Told in four parts, each one taking place in a different season and year for four years, we watch as Trevor falls apart and must try to build himself back up again.
Shot in black-and-white and featuring more shots of Toronto than you would ever see in anything else made in Canada, 11:11 looks as good as it sounds. Set to the soundtrack of new songs by Paint, the film tells its tale through lyrics and narrated voiceover, and the combination works well. The only problem is that the story it tells isn’t exactly new or interesting.
A large majority of the film follows Trevor as he walks. He walks to his girlfriends, he walks through a party, the park, bars, and he even walks away from his relationship. It gives director R. Stephenson Price plenty of opportunities to show off our wonderful city, but it doesn’t make for very compelling viewing. The only thing that breaks up the predictability of the story is the way its actually told. Jumping back and forth in time between four years, we start at the beginning before heading straight to the finish in the second segment. The final two parts cover the time in between, while a small scene at the end reveals the one surprise of the film.
If you’re a fan of the band Paint, you’ll probably enjoy this one a lot more than everybody else, as their music is featured prominently. This is really more like four extended music videos for the band than a film, so it can at least be enjoyed on those terms. Viewed as a film, 11:11 is nothing more than a typical story of boy meets girl, gets heart broken, does terrible things, cleans himself up. Check it out for the great shots of Toronto and the music, and you’ll wind up enjoying this one much more.
Is 11:11 opening weekend worthy?
If you love the band Paint, and have no intention of heading out to one of the number of film events happening right now, you’ll enjoy yourself. For anybody else, there’s much better things to do with your time.
11:11 opens Friday, September 11, 2015 at The Royal. Check their website for more information.