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Daylight - 26/3/2009 7:10:06 PM   
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ian nathan is a nob!

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RE: - 27/3/2009 2:45:46 PM   
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Great, entertaining film.  Maybe four stars is a bit generous from memory, but it was very good.

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RE: RE: - 27/3/2009 5:42:47 PM   
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Totally agree with the review - watched it for the first time yesterday and it's a great mix of old-time disaster movie with more modern special effects. Top notch!

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Daylight - 29/3/2009 12:21:21 AM   
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Stallone is excellent and there are some very good set pieces. Unfortunately the majority of the rest of the cast of characters are unlikable clowns, from whom you wish Stallone would just save himself from. He risks his ass to save them and all he gets in return is a bunch of negative whinging from convicts, druggies and self-absorbed yuppies! This film would have worked much better as one man's struggle for survival with just Stallone left alive in the tunnel.

Viggo Mortensen appears in the film before he became Aragorn and he's the best character next to Stallone. Sadly he bites the tunnel all too quickly.

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RE: Daylight - 29/3/2009 5:53:50 PM   
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Great Film - it was almost like a CLIFFHANGER II.

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RE: Daylight - 21/9/2012 3:39:07 AM   
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Daylight (1996)

Take 'The Poseidon Adventure' and simply place the whole idea underground in a tunnel and you have the film 'Daylight'.

This film has everything you would expect from your typical disaster film. The film starts by slowly building the characters one by one, giving them each reasons why they all end up using Holland Tunnel, whilst at the same time another sub plot sets up the reason for the disaster.

The reason for the outrageous incident is merely a car chase that causes a major crash into some toxic waste trucks...yeah so kinda lame then. All the survivors are the perfect line up of cliched stereotypical types which enables you to know who will live or die straight away. The setups for each type of character are all so obvious too...convicts and a cop, the old man, the panicky women and the one calm one etc...

You have a mouthy young black man who's also a touchy convict (gee I wonder if he lives?), a frail old white guy, screaming panicky women, the suit wearing business man, a wannabe hero, some other young convicts including Stallone's son, a cop and a tunnel worker. So you have one or two folk who are trapped there conveniently so all hope is not lost straight away eg. tunnel worker and cop. Most are obvious fodder for the collapsing/flooding/flaming tunnel.

What disaster film would be complete without the obligatory animal within the death and destruction?. Well this film doesn't let you softies off as there is (as usual) a dog involved which ALWAYS gets the viewers upset. Such an easy way to get the emotions running when the little doggie is in peril, its cliched, predictable and cheesy as hell but it never fails to work.

So into the fray leaps Stallone who has nothing to do with anything but just turns up and decides to save the day single handily against all recommendations from everyone. Oh wait, he used to be a chief medical something or other, meh...its Stallone, doesn't need a reason.

Despite the heavy grilled cheese the film does actually look really sound. All the effects/stunts look great and don't look seem to use too much CGI, bluescreen is evident and obvious but its not that bad. The initial disaster that sparks a chain reaction of events and a huge fireball is pretty impressive I must say, some good model work in there I think also. From there on the whole film constantly looks impressive with great sets that really give a good impression of a crumbling death trap with plenty of water, fire, rubble, metal debris and sparking electrics into the brew.

So yes the entire thing is one huge melted cheese sandwich which we've all seen before and know off by heart. You could say if you've seen one disaster film you've seen them all. Certainly this is very obvious stuff but its still quite enjoyable to watch mainly because it all looks really good. The tunnel setting is also quite original methinks.

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