I wish this movie had been shot in real time, that way I wouldn’t have wasted so much time watching it. The premise seemed interesting enough bunch of people in a diner all with different backstories and crises, including a couple on the edge of divorce, a young couple about to leave town to start a new life, a cook who is working to move past previous traumas, a waitress dealing with an abusive husband, and then there is this couple that just seem not to fit in. There is so many ways this movie could go; the thriller route, the horror movie route, if someone is a crazed killer, or maybe even science fiction if the odd couple turns out to be aliens… slight spoiler, it’s a morality play done horribly, boringly, wrong.
The morality and attempt at religious overtones isn’t what turns me off with 23 Minutes to Sunrise. It’s the poor execution; lots of flat acting, droning dialogue, and no real highs or lows, even though the storyline provides multiple opportunities for it. I don’t know if it was bad acting or bad direction or both that made this movie essentially suck. When the waitress reads aloud the diary entry of the cook and former soldier talking about the first time he killed someone, it should’ve have tugged at my heart. Instead, I felt nothing. The same can be said for the scenes between the waitress and her abusive husband or the “big scene” near the end. The only thing I really cared about at that point was how much longer until sunrise and the credits.
I would really like someone take this movie and redo it. It’s got potential it just needs the right hands.