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John Day (A)

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Release Date

13 Sep 2013
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John Day is a restless edgy drama of the doomed and the damned. John Day is the kind of clenched yarn that makes you forget that yawning distance between cinema and the audience.

For a film about losers John Day proves to be a paradoxically profitable movie-viewing experience for the audience.

JOHN DAY is dark, sinister and edgy. You need to have a strong stomach to absorb the aggression and ghastly sequences that unfurl on screen.

It is a forceful and intense film and the director gets it right by casting two intense actors, who add a lot of weight to the goings-on.

On the whole, JOHN DAY is a razor-sharp thriller with an engaging screenplay, high-voltage drama and sterling performances as its aces. A film like JOHN DAY is a leap in the right direction. It reinforces your faith and trust in qualitative films and deserves to be supported. Strongly recommended!


The film is loaded with random brutal violence and incessant swearing...if you can't digest blood, gore and profanities, better stay away.

John Day initially gives an impression that it's all about decoding a puzzle or unravelling a mystery at breakneck speed. Unfortunately, that's not the case. It's gripping but like the characters, the plot is way too ambiguous, deceitful and tedious for your liking.

It is difficult to summarise John Day’s narrative because the film itself fails to decide what it wants to be.

John Day fails as a thriller. I suppose it had a run time of approximately two hours, but it felt more like five.

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