Directed by: Jay Kanzler
Actors: Eric Roberts, Nia Peeples, Bob Zany
Language: English Subtitle: English (embed)
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Description: Want to know what is actually “23 minutes to sunrise”? No, not the vampire movie, Association with whom may cause the name, and not a psychological Thriller. In essence, this is a recording from the surveillance camera installed in an ordinary roadside diner, with a purpose assembled and filed as a feature film. It’s dull conversations about nothing, it is a flat, cardboard characters, it’s scenes that owe their existence not long enough, only the timing is optional and employees content. Good Directors give heroes characters and interesting backstory, Jay Chancellor chose to take probably the most boring people of America and make them compete against each other in their uselessness. The movie perfectly captures the sleepy atmosphere of an all night diner, where every word is designed to drown you in the ocean of boredom. All 78 minutes of timing you will wait, when will something, anything, and when the final leaves of the heroes in the same condition as they were at the beginning — I am so mad I want to bite off a piece from the monitor. Although, no, I’ve cheated a bit where the hero, by solving the most idiotic dilemma that only you could imagine in the film, receives the gift of eternal immortality, but does this change anything in his character? Nope. Moreover, almost half of the characters is generally without any endings, just after dissolving, ahem ahem, climax of the narrative. What was it? The Director forgot about them? Or him so bored with his own film that he is instead of the normal ending just said “Well, that’s it”? I just can’t believe how much this film is empty and meaningless. It literally is nothing, not a thought, it’s like a black hole from the world of cinema. I don’t even know what else to write about the opening credits under a good catchy song or… Here are some of the actors played more or less good… But did you have to strain for the sake of this pathetic scenario? Anyone even read it, if it existed? I don’t think so.
I really have not seen so many people doing so much thankless work. All the lighting people, cameramen, actors, assistants and others — they worked absolutely for nothing. With the same success it was possible to remove a brick wall — it’d be no less “interesting”. I have no idea for whom it was made, and who may like it, but personally I have from the film were just a headache and a desire to do something useful for the world, in order to somehow compensate for those 78 minutes, spent in utter nothingness. At least some benefit.