Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The 24th Day Movie Review

The 24th Day (2004) is a compelling psychological thriller for our times. This independent film stars James Marsden (X-Men) and Scott Speedman (Underworld). The opening scenes immediately start laying the groundwork for this tale of deception while testing our assumptions. Striking performances make this thriller into a drama like experience.

One evening at the bar Dan (Marsden) is enjoying a drink with Isabella when Tom (Speedman) comes into the scene. The three tell stories, laugh, and drink - just having a great time. Later on Dan and Tom are playing a game of knowledge and relaxing and drinking in an apartment.

At first glance it would appear they are roommates and Dan was out with his girlfriend when Tom met up with them and are now home for the evening. It is quickly realized this is not the case when Dan gets close to Tom and slowly moves in for a kiss and Dan jumps back. Tom is much more reserved than the outgoing Dan and wants to talk more before going down that road. They get to talking about how many past partners they have had and other things in detail when Tom asks many peculiar questions. The line of questions gives you an uncomfortable feeling like there is much more behind them. He even wants to know if Dan is careful and clean; not such an odd question now-a-days, but the relentless way it is asked is giving him some weird vibes.

When Tom is looking around Dan's apartment he notices something that gives him a little déjà vu. He says to him that he thinks he has been here before but doesn't know when or for what purpose. It turns out the two had an encounter five years earlier; completely freaked Dan heads for the door but doesn't make it far with it being locked. Before he realizes it Tom has him tied to a chair with his mouth taped and is pushing a needle in his arm. Dan heads out for a cup of coffee while leaving him there alone. What in the world is going on?

This extremely unpredictable film will keep you engaged wondering where it is going and what is to happen next. Throughout there are flashbacks from Dan that fill in some of the questions - and raise new ones.

7 out of 10 - Rated R - I liked this movie and how it was done. This movie holds an important message everyone should see. Everything written above just touches the surface of this mind bending experience.