“The past will always come back to haunt you.” Those words ring poignantly in the upcoming thriller 11:55. Starring Victor Almanzar as US Marine Nelson Sanchez, the movie follows the hero as he returns to the neighborhood he fled years before when he shot a local drug dealer.
Directed by Ari Issler and Ben Snyder and co-written by the directing duo and their movie’s star (Almanzar), the gritty trailer sees Sanchez learn that the brother of the deceased seeks revenge. As a result, Sanchez decides to protect himself and his family by seeking out the help of a fellow Marine veteran (John Leguizamo) and his drug-dealing godfather (David Zayas).
As the clip suggests, the movie plays to the grittiness of the city in dark-hued desaturated colors that evoke such gangster films as The Godfather. But instead of the Italian mob, this drama showcases the Latino perspective with a spotlight on a society torn by drugs and crime.
As Almanzar noted in a recent interview with Remezcla, “There are so many people out there that I know that have so many good things to offer the world, but they just don’t have the opportunities, they just don’t have the outlets. I think that this is something that a lot of people will see and connect with. This is an American story.”
Guns will be blazing in 11:55 which also stars Elizabeth Rodriguez and Julia Stiles.
11:55 opens in theaters and on demand June 9, 2017.