As some of you regular readers know I recently had surgery and during that time I watched quite a few movies, some good and some bad. One of those films was The Day which is an Anchorbay movie. THE DAY frankly fell way below my radar since
Anchorbay so rarely reaches out to us or sends us movies to review so this was a real treat to receive in the mail and watch. Yes its true writing for one of the largest genre sites in the world means I am still nobody special to studios.
The Day was sent my way by a PR Firm out of the US who were going to set up an interview with Ashley Bell its star but unfortunately my health went south and I was unable to do it and I am very disappointed since I am a big fan of Ashley’s who is a very underrated actress.
In The Day A group of five survivors, armed with shotguns, axes and machetes, wander the back roads of a ravaged landscape looking for refuge in The Day, a terrifying look into a post-apocalyptic future. As war ravages humanity, destroying civilization and most of life on earth, the survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to stay alive.
Lost, starving, and exhausted, they seek shelter in a seemingly safe abandoned farmhouse. However, while searching for food and resources, they unwittingly set off a trap signaling to their ruthless predators lying in wait to begin their deadly attack.
With food and ammunition dwindling, the group must make a desperate final stand–over a 24 hour period–battling for their ultimate survival.
The film stars Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Michael Eklund, Cory Hardrict, Dominic Monaghan and Shannyn Sossamon star.
The Day is surprisingly a very good movie. The reason I say this is because the way it was promoted you would think that the studio was not proud of it. Perhaps they were busy telling other sites about the movie but for us we had no idea about it until we were asked if we wanted to interview Ashley.
As far as apocalyptic horror films go The Day does everything right and is one of the best apocalyptic movies of the decade. It features a strong cast of actors with well polished characters, a great and unique script and a visual look that fits the apocalyptic vibe like a glove.
Ashley Bell who stars is without question the true stand out in this film and her character is best summed up as a less ‘polished’ take on Rhona Mitras character from Doomsday. There is nothing sexual about Ashley’s character but she is all business and is probably the toughest female lead since Sigourney Weaver took on ALIEN.
The Day is a no holds barred tribute to apocalyptic movies that wont win any awards but that says very little against how much I enjoyed it. It’s not preachy, it’s not formulated and it’s definitely not going to appeal to mainstream film fans and that for me is what makes a good genre film.
In a sea of Hollywood drivel focused on great teeth and formula movies The Day is just another sign of what good a good genre film looks like. If you like films with great ensemble casts, a strong female lead, plenty of carnage and a great script The Day is for you. If you enjoyed films like Pontypool, The Road or Roland Emmerich’s HELL then without question you will enjoy The Day.
Anchorbary has a great film in The Day and it is available to rent online for $3.99. If you consider yourself a true blue genre fan and love apocalyptic movies then rent it ! Support the filmmakers and the horror genre by watching The Day.