The 24th Day (2004)
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Critic Reviews for The 24th Day
The movie is never more than a hesitantly filmed recording of the play.
At times The 24th Day plays like a two-man actor's workshop. As navigated by talented actors and director, it nonetheless proves a riveting ride.
What might have proved reasonably compelling onstage comes across as forced on film, with credibility taking a back seat to contrivance.
Scott Speedman and James Marsden, two talented and attractive actors who know how to hold attention, perform with depth and range.
Despite strong performances, this drawn-out Day feels like a cross between the claustrophobic play it once was, and the R-rated After-School Special it wants to be.
Boasts one of the most ludicrous plots ever committed to digital video.
Audience Reviews for The 24th Day
Tom (Scott Speedman) is a married man and expected father, who has just found out that he is HIV positive. He's not a promiscuous guy, and traces it back to a one night stand, he had years back with a man. Tom's not gay, but like many, he was curious and thanks to too much alcohol, let it go too far. Seething with anger and thinking about revenge, Tom starts scouting local gay bars until he finds Dan (James Marsden). As soon as he sees him, Tom starts flirting and convinces Dan to go home with him, where Tom ties him to a chair and tells him they've met before. After obtaining a blood sample, Tom lets Dan know that when that test comes back, if Dan is positive also, he's going to die. The film is based on an award winning play and I venture to say as a play, this would have been terrific. On the big screen however, the same raw emotion isn't as evident and the story doesn't have much in the way of variety. The 24th Day is very narrowly focused, and after it's initial abduction and reveal, it becomes quite boring, as both the men and the audience prepare for the ending. In transferring this story to film, I feel as though something more should have been added to story. Maybe some flashbacks or an unintended visitor, just something to break up the monotony. Both Scott Speedman and James Marsden are very good in their respect roles and I really enjoyed both the beginning and end of this film, unfortunately the middle is somewhat boring and takes away from an otherwise original and outstanding story.
Wow. This was a very dynamic role for James Marsden and he was absolutely fabulous. Scott Speedman isn't bad as a serious actor. The cinematography and editing were interesting, but the script was really good.
** (out of four) I admire the performances as well as the theatrical stage feel of this movie. The idea is interesting and thought provoking. But I think it loses it with too many twists and turns that feel unrealistic, and it is weighed down with some heavy handed dialogue. Scoot Speedman plays a married man who learns that he is HIV positive. He slept with a man once five years ago. He hunts down the young man (James Marsden) and kidnaps him, keeping him tied up in a room. He decides that he will take some of his blood. If he is also infected than he will kill him, but if he is not, he will release him.
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