If the only music that will play in the post-apocalyptic world will be Explosions in the Sky, someone hit a big red button on an atomic bomb so I can strap on some leather and guns and go cavorting around a disseminated landscape, because that sounds like an excellent time. And Shawn Ashmore is there? Blow this damned planet sky-high! The Toronto International Film Festival has recently released the titles that will form its Midnight Madness program this year, and that includes a film with all those elements, and more – Douglas Aarniokoski’s The Day.
Though this first teaser trailer for the film has apparently been around since last December, it’s finally gaining some traction thanks to the TIFF announcement. The look here is a familiar one – shades of The Road, The Book of Eli, and Stakeland all come to mind, and that’s just thinking in terms of very recent post-apocalyptic fare. But what makes this little tease so compelling is that we don’t know what our five characters are fighting against (take a hint, The Darkest Hour, geez) – and there is something out there to fight, because they’re armed to the teeth and trigger-happy to boot. The film’s official synopsis says the film takes place as “an open war against humanity rages,” which means the villains could be anything non-human – aliens, vampires, zombies, electricity, Muppets, cell phones that have gained self-awareness, or some new combination of all those things (self-aware Muppet cell phones, I am pulling for you). From just this brief first look, The Day looks like a solid lo-fi spin on the genre.
The film features a smallish cast made up of Ashley Bell, Dominic Monaghan, Ashmore, Cory Hardrict, and Shannyn Sossamon.