Did you miss The Day in theaters? Me too. The film, which stars Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan and Shannyn Sossamon, had been, in one shape or form, in production since August 2009 when the writer (Luke Passmore) and executive producer Guy Danella sat in his L.A. kitchen working through ideas. In his own words, Danella and Passmore wanted to create a script that would “polarize the reader; he or she would either be all in or all out.” Unfortunately, I think they succeeded in pushing the audience to the “all out” side.
As we all know, however, sometimes a film isn’t destined to be at its best on the big screen. Sometimes, through the smaller, more intimate setting of a home theater (be that a 26″ television on a wooden crate or a full-on home screening room), horror films like The Day really shine.
It certainly warrants a re-visit (or a first-time watching), especially on a lazy Saturday afternoon as the days become increasingly shorter and the world outside turns gray. Don’t underestimate the psychological impact of the viewer’s environment when it comes to their willingness to take in a story like The Day. While the film ran the festival circuit starting in January of 2012, it didn’t release in the US until August 29th. Who’s really thinking about a gray wasteland during the Summer? Certainly not me. I was too busy kayaking and soaking in one of the best Pacific Northwest Summers in decades.
The world has been transformed by a never-ending war. Enemies, in the form of rival factions and clans, lie in wait at every turn. Supplies are scarce. The group is pushed to the breaking point when, at last, they must make a final stand over a 24-hour period.
The cast is absolutely peppered with young(er) actors who are worth watching. Ashmore, perhaps best known for his recurring role in the X-Men franchise, stars as Adam, a man whose wife and child are torn away from him by unseen forces. He pairs with a group of survivors: Rick (Dominic Monaghan), Shannon (Shannyn Sossamon), Henson (Cory Hardrict), and Mary (Ashley Bell) in an effort to stay alive.
The Canadian film, produced in part by WWE Studios, has arrived on DVD/Blu-Ray. And no, there’s no professional (or amateur) wrestling in the film.
The Day is available on DVD/Blu-Ray (and combo pack) from Amazon.
Official Facebook page: The Day
Rotten Tomatoes: 25%
Wiki facts: The Day wiki