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Best apocalyptic films in quite a while.,
This review is from: The Day [DVD] (DVD)
First off its nice to see a film which has the odd twist and turn that doesn't fall into the trap of being lazy - the final scene was a gory but lovely treat! So after a brief opening scene in which one of the central characters loses his family, we fast forward 10 years to a desolate and barren mid america. A group of 5 survivors seek refuge. We learn that 3 or them are life long buddies whilst the other 2 have been picked up along the way. What isn't revealed to the viewer initially, is what there is out there to fear exactly, the end of the world has come and gone so live with it.
The film doesn't get bogged down with the why's and where's of the apocalyptic event that has changed society. Something is out there but we have to wait a while to find out what it is exactly. So for the first half of the film it's a slow burner, getting to know the characters until the penny finally drops and things take an about turn. I won't spoil anything. It's not a gory film by any means - thanks to the use of cgi blood which thankfully doesn't detract from the film. The star of the show is undoubtedly Ashley Bell. The fifth and quiet member of the group, most of the plot development comes from her character who certainly knows how to look after herself! When trouble does rear its head, certain characters show their true colours which leads to a grand-stand finale. The plot has a couple of nice tricks and its refreshing to see a film of this genre in which the female characters take the lead. Don't expect a wall to wall action film (only the final third) but its well worth checking out. Once the story unfolds, it manages to stay clear of many lazy pitfalls surrounding the genre.