The Day Reviews
For starters, everything has this black & white + sepia tone thing going on. Only the sepia is really muted, so everything has this bizarre greenish look to it. Then the contrast in the movie is really bold, making dark scenes nearly impossible to tell what is going on. When you consider at least a third of the movie takes place at night in an unlit house, and it's an action movie with shaky cam and extreme closeups, it becomes an almost unwatchable movie just based on just the look.
I don't even need to get in to the Road ripoff storyline, nonsensical characters, and bizarre acting. The token black guy acts like he's still in college. He doesn't act like a man who's been starving on the road for years while fighting off cannibals. He acts like this all just happened over the weekend. Shawn Ashmore's character does something almost so irredeemably cruel that we're suddenly supposed to care when his character decides to save a girl he tortured? The dark haired girl is supposed to be evil because she doesn't trust someone who was a cannibal and she's only out to protect the ones she actually cares about?
I don't get the appeal of this movie. If you want an ugly-looking post apocalyptic movie with cannibals, why not watch The Road? If you want a gun-filled action movie where bad guys are trying to break into a building while the people inside have to put aside their differences and pull together, why not watch Assault on Precinct 13?
I wanted to like this movie. I like these kinds of movies. But this one really sucked.
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