By: Henry J. Fromage (Two Beers) –
I actually got A Day as a bit of a bonus screener along with another Fantasia Film Festival screener, and if you’ve paid attention to my recent output, the fact that it was a South Korean movie meant I was gonna review it.
It’s not like I have a South Korean wife or anything.
Based on the premise alone, I’m glad I did. A Day is pretty literally a terrible day, repeated over and over Groundhog Day-style, in which a father must figure out how to save his daughter from her car crash fate.
As the rules of this situation reveal themselves, it’s hard not to become entirely gripped by it. Up until arguably the end (more on that later), this is a very original and intriguingly delivered premise that had me hook, line, and sinker. If you don’t stay glued to the screen for 90 minutes figuring out what is driving this recurrence and how the characters could possibly extricate themselves from it, you don’t operate like I do.
A Day also boasts typically polished Ko-llywood(?) production values, with some excellent slow-motion effects and nice editing to keep the pace moving from day to day. There’s some moments of great acting as well between three principal leads (I won’t spoil the third one).
The daughter is crazy annoying.
I’m not sure a motive is necessary…
There’s also a strong melodramatic streak running through the film, definitely in the denouement, and particularly in the song choice. It wasn’t enough to put me off the film, but I can see tastes varying here.
A Day plays a lot like you would expect a dramatic Korean-produced Groundhog Day would- it’s works probably better than it should.
A Day (2017) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for every new day. That it seriously enough.