23:59 (2011) Reviews and overview

 

‘An army ghost story’

23:59 is a 2011 Malaysian–Singaporean horror film directed by Gilbert Chan.

Plot:

1983: A group of young soldiers are on the last leg of their national service, spending the last few weeks in a training camp on a jungle island. A rumour had been circulating like wildfire amongst the soldiers.

A madwoman living on the island had died at exactly 23:59 (11.59 PM), and it is believed that her spirit had returned to haunt them at exactly the same time. Tan, the introverted platoon outcast, is adamant that he will be the next victim. He tries to convince his buddy Jeremy that the woman’s ghost has been visiting him every night. Jeremy laughs and dismisses Tan’s concerns, telling his mate that it is just his overactive imagination.

When the platoon embarks on a route march in the forest, Tan is found dead by the river, with his limbs contorted in a strange way and an expression of fear on his face. Overwhelmed with guilt, Jeremy decides to investigate Tan’s death, convinced that it was not an accident as what the officers believe…

Reviews:

” …a cheap, short and competent of little horror movie that knows what kind of story it wants to tell and goes about that business in a straightforward, mostly effective manner without using too many cheap tricks, losing itself in comic relief, or swooping in with a third act plot twist.” The Horror!?

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