A Movie Review on The Day (2011)
I didn't know much about this movie before going into it, only thinking that a post-apocalyptic movie starring Shawn Ashmore and Dominic Monaghan couldn't be that bad. It's not necessarily a bad movie, but it's not a particularly good one either. The movie follows 5 people trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world decimated by war, leaving those still alive to fend for themselves. The survivors find a old, desolate farmhouse to stay in, but set off a booby-trap alerting nearby marauders to their presence. With the marauders descending upon the farmhouse, the survivors must fight back as their food and ammo supplies run dangerously low.
Lets start with the good first. The movie definitely nails down the look and feel of a post-apocalyptic world, giving us a very gray color scheme for the entire movie. The movie bleeds the bleak, hopelessness of the world around these characters, helping to make you feel like you're actually seeing a post-apocalyptic world. If only this much effort was put into the rest of the film then it could have been much better. The story wasn't half bad, with the film having some great ideas, but suffering from really poor execution. The few action scenes that were in the movie helped to save it from being a complete snooze-fest, being mildly entertaining and often quite bloody. The acting isn't all that bad either, but the actors are stuck doing the best they can with their cardboard cutout, poorly developed characters. I won't spoil it for those who plan on giving it a chance, but the ending is absolutely fantastic. It's such a surprise when it actually happens because the rest of the movie was mediocre, but the movie really ends on a high note. Most movies are really good all the up until the end, then they completely drop the ball (The Village I am looking at you), but The Day is really mediocre up until the fantastic ending.
The movie starts off strong, but gets dramatically uninteresting, and boring after about 15-20 minutes in. After a certain character death which proves to be extremely disappointing, the movie takes a nose dive. The characters offer you no reasons to care about them in even the slightest bit, which hurts the films far worse then the filmmakers could have imagined. They had a decent cast on their hands, and with some more in depth characters this movie really could have worked. The action scenes, while mildly entertaining, provide nothing really interesting to the story or the movie. Maybe I'm just being harsh, or maybe I expected more out of this film. Either way The Day had the potential to be much better, but failed to be anything of note.
The Day was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 27th 2012
Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski
Starring Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Shannyn Sossamon, and Cory Hardrict
Rated R. Runtime: 87 Minutes