Film #244: THE DAY
2.5 out of 5 stars
I met director Doug Aarniokoski on a visit to the set of ANIMALS for Fangoria. Having done a lot of Second Unit Directing for the likes of Robert Rodriguez & Terry Gilliam, Aarniokoski had a rather sizeable misstep with his production of ANIMALS. The film wound up being clumsy and damn near incoherent. So, with that said, it should come as no surprise that THE DAY holds just as much promise as ANIMALS did… and the film’s execution is every bit as flawed. Set in a non-specific Armageddon, we have a requisite band of survivors who take refuge in an abandoned farmhouse and are immediately set upon by a wandering band of cannibals. Little explanation is given as to the whys & wherefores of a) how the apocalypse came about, b) who these survivors are and how they met up, and c) who the hell is this bad guy who pops up in the third act. Huge plot holes abound, but the performers do the best that they can with what they have been given (Particularly Ashley Bell whose character could easily support her own film). All in all, the film is pretty hard to follow, but the blood (CG mostly) is plentiful and the action is decent enough. Go in with lowered expectations and put your intellect on hold and THE DAY won’t wind up being terrible.