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  • Summary: A harrowing psychological thriller from a widely acclaimed filmmaker, Daylight pits a couple lost in America against a conniving gang of kidnappers, in David Barker's rigorous and personal re-imagining of the genre film. (Cinema Purgatorio)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 14, 2011
    90
    Not one for climactic endings or predictable histrionics, the director, David Barker (who wrote the script with Ms. Meierhans and Mr. Godere), sticks to the stylistic template of his debut feature, "Afraid of Everything," which was filmed in 1999. Preferring the tease over the tell, his films coax us into looking beneath the surface. What we find is mostly up to us.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    Oct 21, 2011
    80
    Replete with superior acting and visual splendor, the film is a fine instance of the overly familiar made fresh.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 13, 2011
    75
    Barker's screenplay demonstrates a conviction that its genre can command great importance, allowing it to transcend the easy shocks associated with the exploitation movie experience and create an entirely fresh rhythm.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Jul 16, 2011
    70
    Some movie buffs will be amused to note slight but perceptible plot similarities between Daylight and, of all things, "The Tall T," Budd Boetticher's classic 1957 Western. To their credit, the filmmakers more or less acknowledge the influence in the closing credits.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Sep 17, 2011
    70
    Director David Barker creates tension by crosscutting between shots of the sun-drenched landscape and charged close-ups of the cloistered characters before delivering a bloody climax.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jul 12, 2011
    60
    Punctuating views of the bucolic countryside and sky attest to nature or God's indifference to human suffering, but such formalist touches don't overwhelm the responsive ensemble work in this resourceful, taboo-prodding sickie.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Jul 11, 2011
    50
    Daylight reaches an apex of terror that it never quite tops.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 24, 2012
    6
    Your On Demand Cable Guide may categorize this as a "horror film". Mine did. But, it's not, and I'm thankful. It's a suspense film, aka, a thriller. This is kidnap story done sans the clichés, meaning, it's done slow and methodically, like peeling back the layers of an onion. A married couple working through some issues pick up a hitchhiker and the movie ensues. The hitchhiker isn't working alone, and his isnt too stable either. One minute he's compassionate, the next minute he's ruthless. Is he going to find "faith"? Is he going to reject mercy? You never know if he and his partner in crime are going to "turn a new leaf" and become "the good guys" or if they're going to follow the traditional knife-wielding route and be killers. The score compliments the vibe here well, and the length of the movie is just right. Any longer would run the risk of filler. It's worth a rent, but I think that's all one can do as I don't see it available on Blu-ray anywhere. Expand

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