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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 03.28.16] Poland action thriller

Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing (review) ruffled a lot of feathers when it premiered a few years ago though the movie itself proved to be far more complicated than the initial premise suggested. For a follow-up, Skolimowski is staying well within the action thriller genre though this time around, the politics seem buried a little deeper.

In 11 Minutes Skolimowski weaves together 11 minutes in the lives of apparently unconnected people, all taking place around a Warsaw hotel. They include an American film producer conducting an audition with a young actress, the actress' husband who is trying to access the hotel room, a hot dog vendor, a motorcycle courier and a young man breaking into a pawn shop. As the TIFF write up explains, "as each story develops, the veneer of each character's behaviour is stripped away until Skolimowski ties all the plot threads together in a breathtaking climax."

I like what I see in the trailer and I love that Skolimowski tends to create these heart pounding action movies that feel completely unassuming and often play out like tightly woven dramas. The trailer for 11 Minutes suggests that this is exactly that movie.

11 Minutes opens in theatres and is available on VOD April 8.

Recommended Release: Essential Killing

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