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  • Actors: Craig Roberts, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Spall, Imogen Poots, Geoff Bell
  • Directors: Simon Aboud
  • Producers: Christine Alderson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085SOT1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,541 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Love blossoms in the most unusual circumstances when young bellboy Sam (Craig Roberts, Submarine) and beautiful shop assistant Mary (Imogen Poots, 28 Weeks Later) are kidnapped by brutal armed robbers (Kevin McKidd, Trainspotting; Josef Altin, Eastern Promises) intent on stealing a £1 million brooch. Taken hostage along with belligerent shop owner Charlie (Timothy Spall, The King’s Speech), the young couple find themselves falling for each other on this terrifying ‘first date’. This tense and stylish British thriller proves that sometimes extreme pressure can reveal a hidden gem.

Comes a Bright Day was written and directed by Simon Aboud and produced by Christine Alderson.

Bonus Features

• Featurettes
• Photo Gallery

The DVD includes a photo gallery and featurettes providing insights from cast and crew on the making of the film.


Here's a new one. The movie industry has used an assortment of circumstances to pull together characters for a romantic comedy over time, but has there ever been a hostage situation to set hearts a-fluttering? British film Comes A Bright Day takes that approach. So you have Sam, played by Submarine's Craig Roberts, who finds himself brought into the life of Mary, who is played in turn by Imogen Poots. The pair find themselves taken hostage when a jeweller's shop is targeted by armed robbers, and things progress from there.

It's a bit of a muddled film, in truth, that lacks a consistent tone. But it does have things going for it, not least Craig Roberts' performance. He builds well on his aforementioned Submarine work here, and then director Simon Aboud too shows a degree of promise that bodes well for the future. Comes A Bright Day has its problems, though, but it's a diverting movie, that's worth seeking out.

The disc sweetens the deal with some interesting featurettes that take you behind the curtain a little, and a photo gallery is included as well. There's nothing massively radical there, certainly, but it's a tidy package, and a film worth supporting. --Jon Foster

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
What a first appears to be a straightforward film about a robbery ,at an exclusive London jewellers , by a bunch of inept bungling thieves turns out to be a well acted and sometimes humorous tale about self-image , appreciation of human skill , ambition and the serendipitous meeting of people who in the normal course of events would not normally come into contact with each other. The film can be viewed in two ways as either a simple story about the bungled heist or a tale about what happens when fate takes you by the hand shakes you by the "scruff" and leaves you with an entirely different more exciting and fulfilling path to follow. Highly recommended.
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By duncisared on 22 Mar. 2015
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Boring. Unlikeable cast. Just spent the entire film praying for them all to be shot. The lead is some whingeing weirdo. Its Like watching paint dry. Please don't waste your money.
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Intriguing, not predictable, good conversations, well-paced and obeys Aristotle's rules of Unity for a play!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary McCartney on 22 Oct. 2014
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Surprising, gripping, charming.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Hybrid Comedy/Romance/Heist That Struggles To Balance An Effective Tone Despite A Great Cast 30 Oct. 2012
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
I was pretty excited to have discovered the British comedy/romance/heist film "Comes A Bright Day" by Simon Aboud. With an appealing cast and an unorthodox set-up, the film has limitless potential. I thought I would absolutely love this quirky film as its ideas and themes really struck my interest. But, alas, there's something a bit off in the telling. In many ways, I thought the screenplay tried to cover too many bases and the film's tone is ever-shifting. It's not really a comedy, it's not particularly a romance, it's not quite believable as an action endeavor, and it falls a bit short as a character study. It is simultaneously all of these things and none of them! I well and truly hate when people say "I really wanted to like" something--but, in this case, I really wanted to like "Comes A Bright Day." And yet, it never really connected with me in any tangible way. The situations never merge well and the characters speak in philosophical pontification, so the end result left me feeling a bit cool and uninvolved.

The film has a terrific cast including Craig Roberts (from the underrated Submarine), the lovely Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd and the great Timothy Spall. Roberts plays a luxury hotel employee with big dreams of success. On a menial errand, he stumbles upon the charming Poots who happens to work in a jeweler's shop that he needs to visit. Playing the big shot, however, to impress the lady doesn't go off as planned when armed marauders (including McKidd and a quite funny Josef Altin) stage a robbery. Roberts, Poots, and Spall (the proprietor) are soon trapped in a hostage situation. With glimpses of unexpected violence, strange madness, and dark humor, the rest of the movie unfolds as a chamber piece of sorts as the characters debate their lives and the nature of humanity. The dialogue definitely feels scripted, though, with none of the revelations feeling organic or real in any way. And this was the primary disconnect for me. I thought the set-up was interesting, but the characters never felt remotely believable. And the film wanders a bit with scenes outside of the heist that include the police, Roberts' best friend as well as his boss. I also didn't feel that these interludes integrated well with the main action.

The odd Roberts, though, is always a fascinating actor. And I would watch Spall in just about anything. The movie, in no way, is objectionable or disastrous. It was easy enough to watch and enjoy, I suppose, it just didn't fulfill the promise that I think it might have had. It just needed more focus. While I like films that are different, "Comes A Bright Day" played in too many genres without fully committing to any. McKidd, who I love, feels particularly stranded. Sometimes the movie wants to be dark, sometimes funny, but it is its reach to be meaningful that makes the tone gone awry. An interesting film, it simply isn't one that I can imagine revisiting anytime to rewatch. KGHarris, 10/12.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Smart Thriller with a Ton of Heart 6 Mar. 2013
By Patrick M. Blackburn - Published on
Format: DVD
I absolutely loved this movie. I had no idea what I was getting into when I turned it on, and was pleasantly surprised. "Comes a Bright Day" is a bank heist movie that is not told like a typical bank heist movie. Sure, there is action and violence, but there is so much more. The film centers on five main characters (two robbers and three hostages) who are thrust together after an attempted heist of a jewelry store goes terribly wrong.

The story focuses more on the characters than the dangerous situation they find themselves in, yet you are never allowed to forget that their lives could end at any moment.

I was caught up in the direction--the film was wonderfully shot. It was also hard to not get caught up in the beautiful Imogen Poots, who I hope to see in many films to come. She was stunning -- both in beauty and in her quiet, powerful performance.

"Comes a Bright Day" has it all -- action, crime, humor, love, loss, and coming-of-age romance. If you are looking for "Ocean's 11," this ain't it. If you are looking for a more cerebral thriller that focuses more on the characters than convenient plot twists, I highly recommend this movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Smart writing and well acted 30 Jun. 2013
By GTG - Published on
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Wonderfully entertaining. One of, if not the best films I've seen this year! Why haven't we heard more about this?
Didn't look All That Bright to Me 8 April 2014
By Eric Sanberg - Published on
Format: DVD
Seems a lot of folk are championing this flick and I can't say as I see why. It's not a bad yarn but there are any number of hostages flicks have been done better.

Here's the scoop. Sam Smith (Craig Roberts) is a go-for at a very high end hotel.He's all plans and no action but wants to hit the big time. He starts his assertiveness by going to an exclusive jewelry shop on an errand for his boss where he will try to hit up on the beauty that works there. While there, two thugs enter to do some robbing. Things go south and Sam, the girl and the shop's owner find themselves hostages.

Hostage flicks are nearly as old as film itself. It's great fodder for drama and exploring the human condition. One of the problems with this flick is that not much happens. It all seems so quiet. There are some outbursts and postures of defiance but I never felt enough tension. Then there's the main perp. Seems to me that a guy with such an awful stutter shouldn't have chosen a life of crime. You can pick him out of a crowd. Then he furthers his stupidity by choosing a dim bulb partner. And what's with his nearly losing it while listening to "Madame Butterfly?" This guy is way too vulnerable to be a hood. But I digress. As I said this just seemed so lackluster. I didn't care enough about anyone or their personal situation. They tried with some expository passages to add character depth but it fell flat to me.

The acting, editing, music and such were all decent enough. This, for me, fell flat at the script level. It's not a painful watch. I just need more meat on the bone.
Predictable, but pleasant. 1 Jan. 2014
By JboneCA - Published on
This movie isn't for the impatient. The plot moves slowly, there are maybe four settings total, and some of the conversations drag a bit. Also, the movie is fairly predictable, which detracts a bit from the overall enjoyment. Some subplots were underdeveloped and should have been ignored altogether.

But, I was pleasantly surprised. The chemistry between the actors and the subtleties were enough to carry it.
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