There have been many films that have shown us a world post a global apocalyptic event. In many of these films the world has been ravaged by war, a plaque, or a virus. In the film, The Day, something has gone wrong in the world and like so many other films we are introduced to a band of survivors. The difference in this film is that it is not zombies or mutants that we must fear, but humanity.
The film introduces the viewer to five survivors of whatever has created the world they now call home. The group is led by Rick (Dominic Monaghan), friends Shannon (Shannyn Sossamon), Adam (Shawn Ashmore) and Henson (Cory Hardict). They group seemed to have recently taken on a new member, Mary (Ashley Bell).
The group is traveling in a rural area and Henson is very sick and if things cannot get any worse it begins to rain. They do get a break when they see what appears to be an empty house in the distant and take refuge from the rain inside. The group then does something unique and does a weapon check. The members go around counting off what they have regarding ammunition for the guns they possess.
The group actually takes some time to recharge in the home as a few use a leaky roof to shower and others just take a rest. As the next morning arrives the group decides to stay a bit longer to give Henson some more time to recover. The men begin to inspect the inside of the house and the women are asked to try and capture some game for food.
Mary ends up by a river, and as she washes her clothing, well this is when the viewer first finds out that the group is no longer alone. Meanwhile at the house the men come across a supply of canned food in the basement. As one member inspects an odd set of wiring another sets off a trap that has unexpected outcome and will lead to an alarm being set off that will bring others.
As those inside the house begin to find out who they are fighting they realize their only option is to hold up in the home. They will do all they can to survive and each side will all they can to win. The fight is one for survival and at times I think this story maybe even have a deeper meaning as we find out what drives some of the characters.
The film shows the viewer how in a world gone upside down that humanity may have to find “alternative” food sources. There will be those who will do all they can to fight this, as in Rick’s group, or those on the outside. Those outside are dangerous clan led by a father (Michael Eklund) of two kids and a dedicated clan. You get the sense as things unfold for the clan member that his children are more than willing to follow in the family footsteps.
In a way the film shows the two ways that people can learn to live in that world. They can go with fighting the changes and holding on to what they consider humanity, or adapt to the worlds new environment.
The Day is an enjoyable film that mixes in not only a fight to survive but some emotions as characters are put to the test. As the film posters tag line says, “Fight or Die” and that seems to be the message throughout the film. The question is what they are fighting to stay or live, or stay human. The film was distributed by Anchor Bay Films and WWE Studios and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski