UM – *Spoilers* – I suppose
You know, I really don’t mind a Found Footage movie if it is GOOD or ORIGINAL…. but I can’t stand them when they are LAME or just plain fucking TERRIBLE. I don’t really care about the gimmickry even if it doesn’t make sense to be filming something constantly but – the point of this place is to try and have fun and report back on movies you’ve usually never heard of. So I gave this a watch the other day and….. well….. aside from some shitty acting and the fact that – I think – everyone was named Cindy or Sidney and I couldn’t tell who was who half of the movie – this was going OK – at best – until they either started traveling back in time or went to hell or something – while filming – that this got a little dodgy and I started getting fidgety foot and… well….. yeah… anyway – if you came here looking for the Sylvester Stallone DAYLIGHT – this isn’t the place.
Also, if you’re looking for the DAYLIGHT I reviewed a couple of years ago, this is also not the place for that.
In this movie, which should also NOT be confused with another movie released in 2013 called DAYLIGHT:
A man opens the movie by telling us where they found a couple of video tapes and how they found some footprints leading to a lake. Then some sort of official graphic pops up describing the police evidence and we are lead into the story of three child protection services professionals investigating a couple of children who may or may not need child protection. They have bruises and scratches and get weird notes and one fourteen year old wants to fuck someone and there’s priests involved and someone gets their face smashed into a mirror and somehow, over night, the power goes out in a house and the water lines freeze solid even though you can’t see their breath when they are outside and there are all kinds of allegations of things the catholic church hides involving priests and kids. I thought it was going OK through all of that – believable enough – and then the whole lot of them fall in a lake in the middle of the night.
When they guy filming everything while they bob up and down in the water comes to the surface, it’s suddenly broad daylight. There’s organ music playing that – it’s cool they addressed it since there shouldn’t be a SCORE on a found footage movie unless it’s set at a discotheque – that he wonders where the music is coming from, his buddy is, I don’t know, taking a confession on the other side of the lake, then he’s on the cameraman’s side when he turns around and the chick in the shot above is inside some strange house. Inside the house is also her dead mother and the chick in the shot above charges at the cameraman and his buddy with a knife like she’s never seen them before. Then they are out in the night in some city and the chick in the shot above is a little girl and something is tearing up the streets and shuffling paper around like it’s Superman vs General Zod in MAN OF STEEL. (Enjoy that six hour read while you take a six hour shit).
Then they’re running through what I can only imagine is a gym locker room and some man is crying and then they’re in some run down, old, crumbling church or something and kids kill one of the characters and then they’re stuck in a room that’s getting flooded and they’re still filming everything and the little possessed girl is telling the lady in the photo above that everything is going to be OK and someone is screaming “19!!!” “19!!” “19!!!!” and then it’s over. I think the whole thing has to do with some sort of allegory coming to grips and getting through abuse but I think this might have tried too hard to be a little too deep. I bet – if you got a hand on the script or maybe the Treatment, this would make more sense but the end result of a child abuse investigation in Daylight, Indiana doesn’t make much sense to a dipshit like me. There’s also something really confusing involving two dead bodies that didn’t make much sense….
As a side note – and I have to give Tim the credit for this idea – but here’s something I’m thinking about doing – what do you think???