Movie Review: ‘Monday At 11:01 A.M.’

Monday At 11:01 A.M. is a suspense thriller with an interesting premise that probably had great potential on paper; but the execution of the film gets weighed down by a spoiler-ish title, an inexperienced lead actor, and a twist that isn’t all that shocking. Imagine one of the mid-level quality episodes of The Twilight Zone, expand it to 90+ minutes, add color, and that is essentially what we have here. It may make you appreciate life, but it is unlikely to draw you to the edge of your seat.

Relative newcomer Charles Agron (Dark House) stars as Michael, a man on a trip through a beautiful mountain town that at first seems friendly, but Michael soon discovers there is something eerie about the residents and their town. By his side is his wife, Jenny (Lauren Shaw; Zero Dark Thirty); but that doesn’t stop a local bartender (Lance Henriksen; Aliens, Millennium, numerous others) from trying to fix Michael up with one of his patrons, Olivia (Briana Evigan; Sorority Row, Step Up All In). When Michael starts to see and hear strange things to which even Jenny is oblivious, he begins to question his sanity and the reality surrounding him.

Let’s start with the title; Monday At 11:01 A.M. It kind of takes away some of the suspense because the viewer already knows that there is something important about that day and time. It doesn’t take long to conclude that the town is somehow stuck at that time. The how and/or why is the bigger mystery which isn’t quite spoiled by the title.

Agron could be a good actor, but I felt underwhelmed by his performance. Many of his reactions and interactions are similar regardless of the situation and don’t really match the story; even in hindsight after the twist is revealed. It isn’t a good sign when I find myself wondering if they are just reading lines to advance the mystery; like the exchange between Michael and Jenny that first reveals the date and time.

The ultimate mystery of the town and the only two ways out is intriguing and thought provoking, but it is probably the most predictable twist. Maybe not most predictable, but definitely the most guessed; it’s what a lot of people thought the island was from the minute Lost premiered. Figured it out yet? What if I point out that the two exits from the town are a tunnel (presumably with a light at the end) or being burned by some creepy hooded figures.

As I stated earlier, this story has potential. An audience could come out of this film contemplating the meaning of life, death, and/or reality. But others might just leave wishing for their time back. This film is one I would recommend you pass on.

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