Daylight (1996)

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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 … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Leslie Bohem
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 26, 1998
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast


as Madelyne Thompson

as Frank Kraft

as Steve Crighton

as Sarah Crighton

as Eleanor Trilling

as George

as Roger Trilling

as Ashley Crighton

as Norman Basset

as Gem Dealer

as Chief Dennis Wilson

as Ms. London

as Grunge

as Ms. Doctor

as Mr. Doctor

as Cannister Truck Driv...

as Dispatcher

as Police Chief

as TB Marketing Executi...

as Jonno

as Young Woman

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Daylight

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (15)

Though the explosion that seals off New York and New Jersey will have even curious theater concession stand crews bolting their posts, the characterizations are strictly low-cal.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2011
What Culture

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

Full Review… | April 7, 2010
Cinema Crazed

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.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

A pretty terrible movie for such a decent cast. It reminds me of The Poseidon Adventure for some reason.

FilmFanatik
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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