The Day Shall Come Review
What’s It About?
An idealistic but deluded preacher is highlighted by the FBI as the perfect target to encourage, facilitate and then take down on terrorist charges, in a bid to bolster their own careers.
Who’s In It?
Marchant Davis (debut) Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air, Pitch Perfect 1-3, & more recently A Simple Favor)
Other notables include:
Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story, Dallas Buyers Club, This Is Us)
Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Four Lions, & Paddington)
Director: Chris Morris (The Day Today, Brass Eye, Four Lions)
After an absence from the filmmaking fray of over a decade, Chris Morris returns with The Day Shall Come.
The eccentric and provocative writer-director, who brilliantly sent up terrorism in Four Lions, switches sides for this one, focussing instead on the FBI’s desperation to hit quotas and take down terrorist cells in a bid to keep America safe while at the same time attempting to bolster their own careers.
Unfortunately tracking down terrorist cells is actually immensely hard work, so they hit upon the idea of building up some fairly run of the mill eccentrics and low level criminals, even going to the extent of funding them so that they can then bring down the hammer of justice on these dangerous individuals and effectively save the day.
One such poor victim is Moses Al Shabaz, a fairly harmless preacher who is against gun use, is on medication (or at least should be) and communicates with God through a duck. Earmarked by ambitious agent Kendra Glack as an ideal candidate, the FBI offer the destitute Al Shabaz the opportunity to keep his congregation, family and home going, provided that he agrees to amass a large cache of weaponry. Needless to say things do not go at all well.
Chris Morris’ return is a fascinating insight into some of the techniques supposedly employed by the American enforcement agencies, and despite the comedic moments, ultimately reveals the intense tragedy of the situation.
Following Four Lions was always going to be a tough ask, and in many ways, Morris has avoided this thorny issue by telling this tragic if somewhat preposterous tale, which leaves the audience walking away with a profound sense of sadness and sympathy for the victims.
In A Nutshell:
Chris Morris’ return to the big screen is a tragic, thought-provoking comedy with a fine lead performance from Davis.
Marchant Davis' performance
More tragic than funny so may disappoint Four Lions’ fans.
It feels a little like an extended TV episode than a cinematic experience