Contaminated water is turning people into flesh eating ghouls in Portland. Nick and Madeline are running through the empty streets desperate for survival.
Take a zombie movie. Yes, that one, the first one you could think of. Then you add a ton of filters and effects in an experimental manner. Make sure it's really weird and that it will make the plot harder to follow, even though there is not much in terms of plot except for contaminated water turning people into zombies. Have you done that? Okay, you kinda have "11:58" then!
I know I sounded almost rudely sarcastic in tone, but fact is that the movie doesn't go lengths with the plot, but it makes up for it in experimenting. It's a rather short movie, just an hour (even shorter if you take away the end credits, of course) so it's not too bad that the plot lacks. We're in it for the blood and the odd effects. I don't know if the choice for experimenting was made after filming or not, but there is sure a lot of it through out. Whether they just decide to put on a filter to give it a cartoon-y look, or if it filters certain areas of the screen, it's always simple things that occasionally raise the movie, and other times lower it. The cartoon-y effect is especially one that I had a hard time with, except for one specific scene where the zombies are ripping through the belly of a person. For whatever reason, that shot was pretty fun with this effect on it. So yeah, it's a standard zombie flick that goes out of its way to experiment, is that up your alley?
The zombies look pretty decent, and there's a bit of gore action in here. The acting ranges, as it usually does in indies, between good and bad. Overall production values, such as cinematography is definitely of high standards considering what we're watching. Is there a more mutilated subgenre than zombies? There are so many poorly made zombie movies, and so many generic ones, that "11:58" shines through in some areas with its experimental visual style and not-too-shabby production.
I encourage filmmakers to dare to experiment with their work, and I'm happy to see that the team behind "11:58" did. It might not be a great movie, but it shows that they have ambitions slightly outside of the norm. That's enough for me to want to see whatever they make next. This is a zombie movie, but only in the core of it all. In a way, it felt like a more down-to-earth version of "The Demons Among Us" with its use of effects. Check it out if you've got an hour to spare and make your own mind up.