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The Day (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5

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A group of five survivors, armed with shotguns, axes and machetes, wander the back roads of a ravaged landscape looking for refuge in The Day, a terrifying look into a post-apocalyptic future. As war ravages humanity, destroying civilization and most of life on earth, the survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Lost, starving, and exhausted, they seek shelter in a seemingly safe abandoned farmhouse. However, while searching for food and resources, they unwittingly set off

Nov 27, 2012

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The film feels unbelievably long at 84 minutes, and the color-drained, hand-held cinematography serves only as a reminder of just how good "Night of the Living Dead" really was.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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A savage B-movie thriller with unrealized aspirations to profundity ...

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Every day is gloomy in "The Day," Douglas Aarniokoski's film with a creepy, paranoid atmosphere that's more effective than the performances.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Towards the end, you might find yourself thinking, "Well, this could have been worse." And you'll mean it as a compliment.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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"The Day" is just good enough to engage audiences, but it falls well short of remarkable, leaving viewers wishing for a dawn that never breaks.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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"The Day" cycles through bursts of horrific violence only to end much as it begins: static, hollow and vague.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Could definitely have benefited from twenty more minutes of story.

December 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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Take Cormac McCarthy's The Road and cross-pollinate it with a couple dozen other more aggressively low-grade genre entries and the result is this very self-serious yet narratively unoriginal offering.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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Glum, poorly acted, and hard on the eyes, The Day is a flat feature with a few spikes of absurdity that push the production into unintentional camp.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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Once these tropes are established and have a minute or two to settle, that's when things get interesting.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Despite being a nasty and skillful action film, Douglas Aarniokoski's film goes off the rails in the final stretch.

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The Day's cannibalization of other, better films is its downfall; there's just not enough unique material here to nourish.

February 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com
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August 27, 2013
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A bold and brutal instant classic. It`s one of the most shocking films of 2012. It gets in your head and under your skin quick with its gritty atmosphere, brutal nature and gripping characters. A bone-chilling, stylish, exhilarating and utterly breathtaking edge of your seat thriller. A well-crafted piece of work from Robert Rodriquez`s protege: Director, Doug Aarniokoski, who shows us he`s an exceptional talent and will have a bright future. The cast is beyond great, they have great chemistry and show no mercy. Shawn Ashmore is excellent. Michael Eklund is terrifyingly good. A knockout of an adrenaline-rush. It has echos of From Dusk till Dawn, Mad Max and The Book of Eli.
December 31, 2012
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Three Stars
December 17, 2012
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    1. Adam: I fear for all the souls that try and get into this house tonight.
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
    1. Mary: I'm gonna kill em' all.
    – Submitted by Chris P (20 months ago)
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