Daylight 2011 TV-MA CC

(3) IMDb 5.3/10
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A harrowing, acclaimed thriller pits a couple lost in America against a conniving gang of kidnappers. On their way to a wedding, Danny and Irene pick up a dangerous hitchhiker.

Starring:
Alexandra Meierhans, Ivan Martin
Runtime:
1 hour, 15 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Horror
Director David Barker
Starring Alexandra Meierhans, Ivan Martin
Supporting actors Michael Godere, Aidan Redmond, Brian Bickerstaff, Kendrick Strauch, Aylam Orian, Sabina Kurz
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating TV-MA
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Compay on March 2, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
If you're a fan of thrillers such as Silence of the Lambs or Seven, Daylight may not be what you're looking for. But if you appreciate psychological thrillers that focus more on character relationships than plot, this film is definitely worth watching.

Daylight is the story of a European couple that are kidnapped after offering a ride to a hitchhiker. While this isn't a new concept in film, there is at least one twist in the situation: one of the kidnap victims is pregnant. This adds a new spin on what was already a dangerous situation for everyone involved.

What stands out most about Daylight is how rounded the characters are. You're given very human glimpses of the generally violent kidnappers, and how a pregnant mother-to-be is both vulnerable yet determined when it comes to protecting her unborn child. Rather than emphasize why everyone is in such a cat-and-mouse situation, the film largely explores the complex relationships that exist between the characters.

Although much of the cast wasn't particularly experienced in film, it worked with what they had. Alexandra Meierhans, despite being a newbie to acting, does a convincing job as the pregnant hostage Irene. Ivan Martin absolutely nails his role as the Alpha male of the criminal group responsible for the kidnapping.

As far as drawbacks to this movie, the biggest one is how vague the entire story is. The audience is given almost nothing to work with as far as a backstory on the kidnappers. There's no focus on the relationship between the husband and wife, only pieces provided through the occasional flashback. Even though the film does come to a startling conclusion, plenty of unanswered questions remain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christy on September 7, 2014
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Great movie. Kevin Smith was right. I'd have never heard of it if he hadn't tweeted.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Godfrey on May 3, 2012
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Daylight is, first and foremost, atmospheric. Its characters' motivations are somewhat opaque. Its dialog is intense, but intentionally flat. It aims to unsettle the viewer. It asks more questions than it answers. It is an existential horror film. The "plot" is simple--a bourgeois married couple (the woman is pregnant) are driving on a road in semi-rural America; they pick up a hitch-hiker, and are taken hostage by a group of men--but most of what happens in the film is maneuvering, and development/changes of character relationships. Character is important. The criminals are strange, because they seethe with violence and desire, while also conveying innocence. The pregnant woman is serene, but emotionally frail. Her bones show. Early in the film she prays, "My Lord, and my God, take everything from me which keeps me away from you. My Lord, and my God, give me everything which leads me to you." Moving forward, Daylight works on answering her prayer.

You may enjoy Daylight if you like Michael Hanake's films, 1970's Altman, Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, or Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene. If you like any of the above films and Martyrs (Pascal Laugier), run, don't walk.
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