I love a good post-apocalyptic story. They have always captured our imaginations as movie lovers, from the Mad Max movies to War of the Worlds to The Omega Man, we have always been fascinated with what we would do if our world as we knew it ended and we have to survive. The trend towards post-apocalyptic stories seems to be seeing another spike in recent years thanks to the revival of the zombie movie and shows like The Walking Dead. The Day is a different take with a unique look and approach.
In the undetermined future, the world has been depleted of resources and there are few survivors. We are not exactly sure what caused the event to happen, but five survivors wander the landscape trying to survive together. When they stumble upon a dilapidated house in the middle of the country, they fall into a trap set by another band of survivors, but one bent on doing anything possible to live, including consuming any opposition. Now the small group must do all they can to fortify the house and survive a standoff against much greater numbers in a world where no one is coming to the rescue.
Produced by stars Dominic Monaghan and Shawn Ashmore, The Day has a lot going for it that I really liked. It is awash in a filter making the film look near black and white. You can see color bleeding into the picture throughout, but for the most part it conveys this future as bleak through its color palette, and I liked it. The performances are good throughout, especially from Ashmore and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism). They seem to understand just how hopeless their future is, especially with Ashmore’s character tragically losing his wife and daughter to marauders before he met up with his group. Ashmore plays out this inner anguish well, letting it spill in just the right places. And Bell is a powder keg of built up anxiety as the quiet but quite deadly Mary. The film is nicely paced, has some great tense moments and has a great unique look to it. There were a few spots in the script that I thought seemed rushed and not thought through well enough, but they were not important enough to detract from the enjoyment of the entire film. A nice low budget effort with some great thrills, The Day is a nice addition to the post-apocalyptic sub-genre.
The Blu-ray from eOne is well done considering the washed out almost black and white presentation. Detail and clarity is very good, especially in close ups. The dark tones are impressive throughout and soundtrack is minimalistic but effective. Overall, a very nice presentation for a lower budget film. Recommended.
Available December 4, 2012 on Blu-ray and DVD.