The Bottom Line
- Good cast
- Brutal action
- Strong production value
- Flat villains
- Underdeveloped backstory
- CGI gore
- Starring Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, Shannyn Sossamon, Ashley Bell, Cory Hardrict, Michael Eklund
- Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski
- Rated R
- DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
Guide Review - 'The Day' DVD Review
The Day feels like it's set in the same universe as The Road, but with pretty much no backstory on either the main characters or on what brought about the post-apocalyptic state. This vagueness is cause for some frustration, but it doesn't take away from the brutally violent action sequences that highlight the simple siege plot -- think The Road by way of Assault on Precinct 13.
If it's possible, the film is almost too brutal, leaving little room for hope or compassion -- a dreariness reflected in the desaturated, nearly black-and-white color palette. But hey, that's the post-apocalypse for you, I guess. It's admirable that the villains in The Day aren't portrayed as subhuman maniacs -- they're just trying to survive -- but that characterization is a balancing act that renders them dull an unintimidating -- especially considering the fact that they are an army that somehow doesn't have a single gun.
Special features include commentary.