"The Day" takes place in a rural area where an unspoken disaster (The Republican National Convention?) has led five survivors to band together to navigate the wilderness. The pack is led by Rick (Dominic Monaghan), who can read a map and bark orders, so we assume he's the Leader. Also in the group is Henson (Cory Hardrict), the Black Guy, who comes equipped with a Movie Cough letting us know that he's surely due to expire soon. Shannon (Shannyn Sossamon) wields a machete, but spends most of the time crying and emotionally reaching out to the others in the group. She's also The One Who Gets Naked.
The crew, attempting to reach some random checkpoint because there's always an oasis in the desert, decide to shack up in an abandoned home even though it might as well be labeled TRAP HOUSE. It's not long before hey find themselves taking up arms against marauding band of... Other Guys, ones who claim this land because some groups of people just have to be genocidal gangs, and others have to be murderous survivors just trying to live one more day, so they can walk around and get covered in dirt a little longer. Also, pose. There are a lot of dramatic post-kill poses in this film. You'd totally play "The Day" on XBox Live.
From the half hour mark, the violence is unrelenting, as if to compensate for the despair and bleakness of the intro. It's scored by something called Rock Mafia, which provide a bone-crunching guitar-fest that sounds suspiciously like the theme from "28 Days Later" played on a loop, because that too is a movie, albeit one that's a decade old. That might as well be a lifetime to the intended audience for "The Day," which comes to you courtesy of WWE Films, though it's a considerable departure from their recent family-friendly approach. But it does make sense that the audience for post-apocalyptic films will start out with the Speak & Spell version of this premise, a knuckle-dragging time waster you could predict with your eyes closed. But hey. It's a movie. [F]