The Day (2012)
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 a trap signaling to their ruthless predators lying in wait to begin their deadly attack. With food and ammunition dwindling, the group must make a desperate final stand-over a 24 hour period-battling for their ultimate survival. -- (C) Anchor Bay … More
- R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some nudity)
- Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Directed By:
- Doug Aarniokoski , Douglas Aarniokoski
- Written By:
- Luke Passmore
- In Theaters:
- Aug 29, 2012 Limited
- On DVD:
- Nov 27, 2012
- Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for The Day
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.
A savage B-movie thriller with unrealized aspirations to profundity ...
Every day is gloomy in "The Day," Douglas Aarniokoski's film with a creepy, paranoid atmosphere that's more effective than the performances.
Towards the end, you might find yourself thinking, "Well, this could have been worse." And you'll mean it as a compliment.
"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.
"The Day" cycles through bursts of horrific violence only to end much as it begins: static, hollow and vague.
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.
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.
Once these tropes are established and have a minute or two to settle, that's when things get interesting.
Despite being a nasty and skillful action film, Douglas Aarniokoski's film goes off the rails in the final stretch.
Audience Reviews for The Day
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.More
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