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Daylight (1996)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Sylvestor Stallone comes to the rescue in this disaster/adventure picture. A truck containing dangerous chemicals explodes in the Holland Tunnel, trapping those New Yorkers not killed in the explosion. Authorities know there are survivors, but cannot figure out what to do to save them. Ruptured water mains and leaks in the tunnel itself, which is beneath the Hudson River, will cause it to fill with water in a few hours. Of all the colorful characters trapped there, only Roy Nord (Viggo

PG-13,

Drama, Action & Adventure

Leslie Bohem

May 26, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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Despite having to wade through no end of sigh-inducing clichés, Sly actually comes off better here than many of his co-stars, a rather unfortunate result of...bit-part actors who may well have been dragged off the street and paid in ham sandwiches.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

This is a nineties disaster flick that deserves more attention...

April 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Still more millennial fear and commuter angst get routed through this toll-heavy disaster vehicle set in New York's Holland Tunnel--call it The Tunneling Inferno.

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The best of the 1990s disaster-flick revivals, and certainly a solid effort by the usual standards of its star (Stallone) and its hack director (Rob Cohen).

October 10, 2005
FulvueDrive-in.com

A disaster flick about a group of New Yorkers trapped in the Holland tunnel.

July 25, 2005 Full Review
Spirituality and Practice

You know something is wrong when Stallone actually gives one of the best performances in the picture.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Far more entertaining than it has any right to be.

January 14, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Almost works as an Irwin Allen-style adventure ... except it's really boring and all the characters stink.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Stallone realmente convence como um homem forte e susceptível ao mesmo tempo.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud at the wrong places.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Daylight

Take 'The Poseidon Adventure' and simply place the whole idea underground in a tunnel and you have the film 'Daylight'.

This film has everything you would expect from your typical disaster film. The film starts by slowly building the characters one by one, giving them each reasons why they all end up using Holland Tunnel, whilst at the same time another sub plot sets up the reason for the disaster.

The reason for the outrageous incident is merely a car chase that causes a major crash into some toxic waste trucks...yeah so kinda lame then. All the survivors are the perfect line up of cliched stereotypical types which enables you to know who will live or die straight away. The setups for each type of character are all so obvious too...convicts and a cop, the old man, the panicky women and the one calm one etc...

You have a mouthy young black man who's also a touchy convict (gee I wonder if he lives?), a frail old white guy, screaming panicky women, the suit wearing business man, a wannabe hero, some other young convicts including Stallone's son, a cop and a tunnel worker. So you have one or two folk who are trapped there conveniently so all hope is not lost straight away eg. tunnel worker and cop. Most are obvious fodder for the collapsing/flooding/flaming tunnel.

What disaster film would be complete without the obligatory animal within the death and destruction?. Well this film doesn't let you softies off as there is (as usual) a dog involved which ALWAYS gets the viewers upset. Such an easy way to get the emotions running when the little doggie is in peril, its cliched, predictable and cheesy as hell but it never fails to work.

So into the fray leaps Stallone who has nothing to do with anything but just turns up and decides to save the day single handily against all recommendations from everyone. Oh wait, he used to be a chief medical something or other, meh...its Stallone, doesn't need a reason.

Despite the heavy grilled cheese the film does actually look really sound. All the effects/stunts look great and don't look seem to use too much CGI, bluescreen is evident and obvious but its not that bad. The initial disaster that sparks a chain reaction of events and a huge fireball is pretty impressive I must say, some good model work in there I think also. From there on the whole film constantly looks impressive with great sets that really give a good impression of a crumbling death trap with plenty of water, fire, rubble, metal debris and sparking electrics into the brew.

So yes the entire thing is one huge melted cheese sandwich which we've all seen before and know off by heart. You could say if you've seen one disaster film you've seen them all. Certainly this is very obvious stuff but its still quite enjoyable to watch mainly because it all looks really good. The tunnel setting is also quite original methinks.
September 20, 2012
phubbs1

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Overwought and thinly sketched disaster flick but buoyed by a cast that delivers better than decent performances. Stallone, Mortensen, and Bloom are standouts.
June 18, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Dayshite. It wants to be the Poseidon adventure, in a tunnel but it doesn?t succeed !
September 24, 2009
SirPant

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    1. Roy Nord: It's exhausting being me.
    – Submitted by Nick S (13 months ago)
    1. Frank Kraft: I found your heart, and I'll blow it out of your body!
    – Submitted by russell b (21 months ago)
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