Quick Movie Review: The Day – 2011 – directed by Douglas Aarniokoski

Posted: February 2, 2013 in Sci - fi
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The day is an interesting take on the recently popular ‘post apocalyptic’ setting that many films seem to be using in recent years. Part ‘Mad Max’, part ‘Assault on Precinct 13’, the film strives to create an epic feeling in a very small environment.  Most of the film is set and filmed in a farm house in the middle of nowhere and as such saves a great deal of budget that has been put towards good actors.

The film focuses on a group of individuals who are trying to survive in a new hostile world after some big event happened (we never fully find out what this event is, and to be fair the film is possibly better because of it.) The group is led by  Dominic Monaghan (yep the one from Lord of the Rings) and his semi right hand man Shawn Ashmore (the Ashmore twin from X-men, not the one from Smallville. Ido find the fact that one has been in a massive marvel film series while the other has been in a massive DC tv series quite interesting.) This pairing is great and both actors play their parts very well indeed.

The group come across a house and soon trigger a booby trap alerting a nearby group of cannibals. The rest of the film is essentially the group fighting off the cannibals while struggling with their own issues and coming to terms with the fact that not everyone is who they say they are.

The film is quite short running at only 87 minutes but this is possibly for the better due to there isn’t much ‘story’ to speak of. The visuals are very desaturated which helps create a post apocalyptic feeling (I have no idea why it does but it always seems to work? Maybe it’s the fact the drained colour of the visuals parallel the drained world…. I dunno….) I really like the look of the film and I think it helps make the film look ‘more expensive’.. (That is not to say I believe every film should look ‘expensive’ but it does sometimes help draw you into the picture.)

While never as good as ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ the film does echo its themes of survival against impossible odds and for the most part succeeds. I would say that it is one of those films that is well worth watching, but may not hold up that well to multiple viewings (I’m not sure why. It may be because of the way the film interprets what you’ve seen. For me personally my mind has created a best of compilation which kind of sums up the film in a few scenes.) Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad film just one you may not want to watch again ( I think it could also be because it is not as good as the films it echos.) I’d say the film deserves a good score but because of the lack of replayability I’ll give it  6/10

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