23:59 represents the typical timing where army boys have to book into camp by. It marks the end of a day and in director Gilbert Chan's mind, it is also the time of death of a mad woman that used to live on Pulau Tekong.
The context and setting of this horror film means that it will surely appeal to boys who are going to enlist into the army for basic military training, soldiers who are currently serving their national service and men who have already served their time. However, the plot of this movie is not the famous third door and disembowelment story that continues to circulate till this day.
It is 1983 and a rumour is spreading among the recruits that the spirit of a mad woman will return to claim her victims. One of the platoon's most timid recruit Tan (Tedd Chan) believes that he is next on the list. He sounds out his fear to his buddy Jeremy (Henley Hii) but he brushes it off. Meanwhile, Tan becomes the bullying target for Dragon (Lawrence Koh). As expected, an incident will confirm Tan's fears while leaving the rest of the platoon gripped in fear. Jeremy who does not believe in the supernatural decides to investigate, unravelling the mystery behind the hauntings.
While there are some mild scares along the way, the performance of the young cast is not convincing enough to attain their full potential. The suspenseful build-ups by virtue of the setting and camera shots are great but fail to achieve the intended climax. Playing the role of platoon sergeant to the recruits, Mark Lee churns up some laughs by his use of Singlish. But sadly, he only has a cameo role as this movie is billed as a horror film rather than a 'hor-medy'.
While I believe that this film will do well at the local box office, many may exit the theatre with looks of disappointment.