An investigative reporter, a post World War II government conspiracy, and extraterrestrials — what more could you ask for? Throw in a bit of transcendental philosophy and we’re doing somersaults.
The 11th Green is a pensive science fiction drama; a disclaimer as the film opens acknowledges that it is “unavoidably speculative” but adds that it is “a likely factual scenario of extraordinary events.”
Campbell Scott (House of Cards) stars as the investigative journalist who uncovers evidence of a long-ago conspiracy while sifting through his recently deceased father’s papers. The film includes fictional and real-life characters including Dwight D. Eisenhower, Cabinet member and former C.I.A. director Walter Bedell Smith; first-term Congressman from Massachusetts John F. Kennedy; and James V. Forrestal, the first Secretary of Defense, who fell to his death in 1949 from a sixteenth-floor hospital window. There’s also an unnamed President from the “recent past,” clearly meant to evoke Barack Obama.
In its own way, the film posits a possible backstory to recent revelations in the New York Times and the Washington Post and subsequent declassification of certain U.S. military interactions with UFOs
The 11th Green is written and directed by Christopher Munch, a wonderful filmmaker who unfortunately, in a thirty year career has released only six feature films. We screened his debut film, The Hours and the Times, in which Ian Hart stars as John Lennon (Hart also appears in a pivotal role The 11th Green as James Forrestal) as his most-recent film Letters From the Big Man (about the search for Bigfoot).
CRITIC’S PICK! – The New York Times
Wildly inventive . . . a work of meticulous historical imagination. . . . With tight-lipped restraint, Munch giddily tweaks the past seventy-five years of political assumptions and the very concept of life on Earth.” -Richard Brody, The New Yorker
We often hear there are no new movie ideas, but I beg to differ, seeing as how I’ve just screened The 11th Green, a mind-bending deadpan indie gem from writer-director Christopher Munch. Suggestion: If you’re the type of individual inclined to ingest a marijuana edible now and then, a perfect time to do so would be about 45 minutes before watching. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times