Escape Your Past or Surrender to It in U.S. Marine Crime-Drama ’11:55′ (Clip)



“What did you learn about in the Marines?” “I learned a lot.” “I’m trying to settle down and have a family. That‘s the plan.” After being honorably discharged and returning to his economically depressed hometown, returning from deployment in Afghanistan, a U.S. Marine Nelson (Victor Almanzar) must face the consequences of the violent past he thought he had escaped.

“It’s supposed to be a surprise.” “Yo! Nicky Quinn knows you’re back. He wants payback for that which we did to his brother.” Nelson is a troubled man with a troubled past. He escaped the mean streets where he grew up by joining the military – after he accidentally killed a dealer from rival gang. His former protégé on the streets, Teyo, breaks the news to him at the party: Nicky Quinn is coming. Quinn is the older brother of the gangbanger killed by Nelson and he is out for revenge.

“I don’t like this. There are people coming to kill you.” Trying desperately to survive the day, with the help of fellow vet (John Leguizamo) Nelson charts an unlikely path to redemption. In a place where the only options appear to be the street or the military, ’11:55′ captures a young man’s escape from the cycles of violence that have defined him. “I ain’t running this time. I ain’t scared.”

“If someone is trying to hurt you we need to call the police.” “He don’t need the cops he needs soldiers. That’s all we know how to do in this world is be soldiers.” ’11:55′ is directed by first-time feature filmmakers Ari Issler and Ben Snyder. Written by Ari Issler, Ben Snyder and Victor Almanzar, who also stars, with a cast that includes: Victor Almanzar, Shirley Rumierk, Elizabeth Rodriguez, David Zayas, Goya Robles, Robin De Jesus, Dominic Colón, Julia Stiles, and John Leguizamo, ’11:55′ premiered at last year’s Los Angeles Film Festival and was named the Audience Favorite Feature at the Aspen Filmfest. The film has a theater release date of June 9, 2017.



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