For some reason putting a couple of the same numbers in succession really wigs people out. There was 1999 (because it’s a 1 and an upside down 666 maybe?), Y2K, (which we weren’t supposed to live beyond what with all the Book of Revelations nuts and computer meltdowns that never happened), and the two Armageddons that we very narrowly escaped this year due to crappy mathematics and people listening to the ravings of lunatics. You’ve heard the saying that even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day right? Well, at some point coincidences, and inevitability gave way to conspiracy theories and a few dozen crates of crazy when it comes to times and dates.
You see, a few times a century the calendar gives us three of the same number in a date and because some folk have nothing in their lives to focus on, like relationships, video games or a working TV, then this becomes a sign, not that they should maybe get out of their parents houses and forge a better life for themselves, but to hook up with equally lonely crazies on the interweb and find ‘evidence’ that supports their ideas.
Only to be proved wrong.
Also, using a written form of the game of Chinese whispers (or The Bible as it’s more widely known), as evidence, really adds weight to any argument, as I’m sure you’ll agree.
Now because the plot of The Omen, and Rosemary’s Baby wasn’t tired enough, 11/11/11 takes the novel approach of cashing in on the end of the world hoopla with the nefarious connotations of numbers and how they can link to almost anything with a bit of adding and subtracting.
After moving to a new, somewhat Stepford like town, Jack and Melissa start to worry about the fixation that people start having with the fact their son Nat is turning eleven on the 11th of the 11th 2011 … because that’s bad, y’know? Nat is of course the chosen one, due to ascend to unholy power on this newly sacred date for the Devil,and oh yeah, lets mention the two towers, because of numbers and stuff.
This was a really well made low budget film in many ways, and very well acted by a cast of unknown actors, with some genuinely disturbing intelligent horror and intensity, but the predictability of the plot and the lack of comic relief made for a very boring watch at times. It’s a shame because I think it had real potential in many ways, but the paint by numbers (geddit) approach to the coming of the child of Satan, really makes it hard to love. That’s not to say it deserves the trashing I’ve seen it get in other reviews, but it’s not going to be on the Academy’s list of nominations either …
And speaking as someone who has had their birthday on Friday the 13TH a fair few times, dates and numbers just aren’t important in the grand scheme of things … unless you forget my birthday. Then, it better damn well be the end of the world for your sake.