MOVIE THE DAY
Yes, another friggin movie review. So what? How many post-apocalypse movies do you think are out there? This doesn’t happen very often. The last one on the basement fallout shelter, and now “The Day”. Like all good post-apocalypse movies ( the last successful one, The Postman, was near twenty years ago ), this one disguises itself as horror so that it isn’t rejected out of hand by the studios or customers. Unlike the 70’s, when collapse movies went hand in hand with an actual economic collapse, today it seems that only happy, happy joy, joy movies are made. Nothing to see here, folks, move along. No collapse on the House Negroes watch. The level of denial is astounding. Let me just start out by saying that this one is WAY better than the last. The last one left lingering philosophical questions, which was great, but the movie itself was on the lame-ass side. Terrible script. It passed, but barely. This one, made in 2011 and staring unknowns to me, doesn’t reach for the stars trying to question everything, but the story was much better and this is the movie that The Road should have been ( although, how much can you do from a book that is 99% naval gazing and 1% post-apocalypse? ). You want seriously dark and insanely brooding? The Day is it. Forget The Road and its gay male genitalia flashes and its god awfully irritating worry about the future shtick.
In The Day, the characters do keep a hold of hope. Barely. That is all the bands leaders thing. Once he is gone ( spoiler alert-almost everyone dies ) the hope isn’t all that and the bag of chips it used to be. Now, the one thing I found that was confusing and ill defined was how long ago the collapse had occurred. I swear I heard both two and ten years. Perhaps the ten years was when things started going down hill and the two years ago was when the actual die-off started. Whatever. You want a movie that isn’t actually a caricature? One whose characters feel real and not forced? This is the one. The female lead that forges through the pain and becomes stronger makes Linda Hamilton look like a cardboard cut-out, and I don’t say that lightly with The Terminator ( #1 ) being one of the best post-apocalypse movies ever and with Linda being my number one female warrior lusts ever ( even better than the Latino machinegunner in Aliens- for one, she didn’t show boob ). And, should all of the above prove nary enough for you, this is also a great portrayal of the possible ways you can bring a knife to a gunfight and still win. Plus, cool bayonet use at the end as the ammunition is all gone! I got my DVD copy for about $5 after shipping at Amazon and if you can afford a copy I would highly recommend this movie. I’d put it in the top half dozen post-apoc movies.
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