A savage B-movie thriller with unrealized aspirations to profundity ...
Harbor only the expectations aroused by a production of WWE Studios and don't get too attached to any hobbits.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The Day's cannibalization of other, better films is its downfall; there's just not enough unique material here to nourish.
Despite being a nasty and skillful action film, Douglas Aarniokoski's film goes off the rails in the final stretch.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: D+
Could definitely have benefited from twenty more minutes of story.
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.
| Original Score: C-
"The Day" cycles through bursts of horrific violence only to end much as it begins: static, hollow and vague.
| Original Score: 2/5
Towards the end, you might find yourself thinking, "Well, this could have been worse." And you'll mean it as a compliment.
Once these tropes are established and have a minute or two to settle, that's when things get interesting.
| Original Score: 8.2/10
Every day is gloomy in "The Day," Douglas Aarniokoski's film with a creepy, paranoid atmosphere that's more effective than the performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
"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.