Everyone loves a good post-apocalyptic survivor story. It doesn’t matter how or why the world has been destroyed, but one thing is always consistent: the survival of some shred of humanity.
A group of travellers armed with shotguns, axes and machetes walks the back roads of a ravaged landscape where the natural cycle of life has long been stunted. Once twelve, these survivors’ numbers have dwindled down to five. They’re constantly on the move, but when one of their members becomes ill and slows down the pace, they’re forced to seek shelter in an abandoned farmhouse.
Rest is not an option, and they take stock of their ammunition supply. Haunted by ghosts of their past lives, this tightly knit group is united by their clear-headed leader Rick (Dominic Monaghan of Lost and Lord of the Rings fame), but have also recently accepted a silent and defiant newcomer, Mary (Ashley Bell), into their fold. Soon the exhausted survivors will have to make a stand against a brutal world from which they can no longer run.
With a long history as an assistant and second unit director on films ranging from Dollman vs. Demonic Toys to From Dusk Till Dawn, Doug Aarniokoski knows what counts when it comes to making a taut genre film. Lean and to the point, Luke Passmore’s script bucks the clichéd trend of needlessly victimizing female characters, making each survivor very tough and real.
Already on the radar of horror fans after her bone-cracking performance in The Last Exorcism, Ashley Bell will further impress with her strong portrayal of Mary, who displays a stoicism bordering on feral instinct.
The world of The Day is all shades of grey — no easy answers, no obvious good or bad guys, just people struggling to survive under extremely harsh circumstances. Choose your weapon and hunker down for a fight that could be humanity’s last battle. –TIFF