Revenge, redemption and the End of the World...what could possibly go wrong?
Douglas Aarniokoski (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Once Upon A Time in Mexico) takes the directing reigns for this end of the world sci-fi thriller. A group of five people wondering the earth after an unspecified event in a post-apocalyptic future discover an abandoned farmhouse where they mean to stay till a storm passes. They soon find themselves under attack by a gang of bloodthirsty predators. A cast including Shawn Ashmore (X-Men film series), Shannyn Sossamon (Knight’s Tale and 40 Day 40 Nights), Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Ring series). With such a stellar ensemble each actor brings much substance to the film and it shows.
When I heard about this film, I thought it was another post-apocalyptic zombie/vampire/ mysterious threat against a group of human survivors. Man, I was wrong, I love horror films where some or few of the settings take place during the day, because I believe it’s harder to scare the viewer when there's a certain safe mentality of nothing being scary in a well-lit environment. I give credit and respect to any director that could pull it off. The Day, starts off with a slow pace due to very little back story and some character development, but when the shit hits the fan you can tell...and it is amazing.
When things are good in The Day, they're really good and this film has a lot of good points. It does a great job utilizing the natural lights and darks of all the settings. Brief female nudity is always a plus and glad to see that it is still in horror films. The part that blew my mind wasn’t the event that caused the end of society but , rather, the group that is attacking our survivors. I won’t spoil it for anyone interested in screening it, which I recommend, but it’s crazy when you find out what the attackers are and great how the film shows the huge difference between everyone when the social norms break down and the basic instincts kick in.
The bad parts of the film (could be just me knit picking, it’s up to you) has to go to the editing. It wasn’t terrible, but it was a little jarring and, due to that the story, was a little hard to follow or took a second to understand what had just happened. While the story was inconclusive, there were aspects that seemed important to the characters but took a backseat to the events that were unfolding. Like the whole thing with Hope and Faith (watch the film, it will make sense). Above all these faults there is still a great and original film in a genre that is packed with monsters and plagues. Every now and then a story shines through and that has a fuck load of potential.