The Day is a WWE Studios production and is the first movie from the studio that does not feature a wrestler in the main role. They actually managed to secure a pretty solid cast consisting of Shawn Ashmore, Ashley Bell, Dominic Monaghan, Michael Eklund, and Shannyn Sossamon. That is an unbelievably solid cast for somethin as second rate as a WWE production. Ashley Bell is worth the price of admission because she is really head over heels better than everyone else in the cast.
The Day tells the story of a group of survivors in the near future after an undisclosed disaster wipes out a large portion of the Earth’s population. The group consists of Shannon (Shannyn Sossamon), Mary (Ashley Bell), Rick(Dominic Monaghan), Adam(Shawn Ashmore), and Henson(Cory Hardrict). They are surviving day to day by scavenging and moving from place to place. They encounter an abandoned house and decide to rest, but they soon come to see that things may not seem as good as they appear.
The performances of Ashmore and Bell are really solid and they are the glue that ultimately holds the movie together. Bell gives a very quiet and intense performance and really embodies her character who is supposed to be the loner of the group and the one no one knows anything about. She is an excellent actress and really deserves to be in higher profile movies than movies like this and she definitely has a very bright future ahead of her. Shawn Ashmore is the other part of the equation and he plays the damaged one of the group as his wife and child were killed by a group of cannibals. Their relationship evolves throughout the course of the movie and is one of the main storylines of the movie itself.
Unfortunately for The Day, the two main performances are really where the good stops… Shannyn Sosamon gives a horribly wooden performance and her character does the most illogical things. She defies logic at every turn and actually makes the group’s lives harder than they need to be. Her character is just terrible. The main villain is also not very threatening and we get to know next to nothing about him and his group throughout the course of the movie and they never seem to present a credible threat. The other performances are also pretty wooden as well and they don’t really contribute anything to the movie at all.
The story is standard and it does not take a ton of chances to differentiate itself from all of the other post-apocalyptic movies out there. The only one who is a developed character by the end is Mary and she is also the main focal point of The Day which makes it not as horrible as it should be. The thing that did unfortunately ruin the movie for me is Shannyn Sossamon’s performance and her character’s actions which just defied logic at every turn and just killed the film at times for me.
You can see some of the twists way before they happen and the story was just underdeveloped, which is a shame because there were some innovative ideas in here. I can’t really delve into some of them, because it would spoil some things. The lack of development is what makes this an average movie rather than a good movie.
This is a movie that is a rental at best in my opinion. If you can stand having to trudge through some terrible performances to get to a gem then you will be surprised with what you will see and get from this movie, especially since it is coming from WWE Studios.
Take a Drink: every time Shannyn Sossamon does something completely illogical.
Take a Drink: every time Ashley Bell does a death stare.
Take a Shot: every time Ashley Bell lights the same cigarette.