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Day of Reckoning (2016)

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Fifteen years ago evil creatures from the underworld plagued the Earth with the intent of eliminating mankind. Dubbed the Day of Reckoning by survivors of the hellish holocaust, warriors of mankind again must battle the forces of darkness.

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Joel Novoa

Writer:

Gregory Gieras (screenplay)
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Jackson Hurst ... David
Heather McComb ... Laura
Jay Jay Warren ... Tyler
Hana Hayes ... Maddy
Nick Gomez ... Garrett
Raymond J. Barry ... Ted
Barbara Crampton ... Stella
Randy Vasquez ... Milton
Daz Crawford ... Carl
Maz Siam ... Ed
Luis Carazo ... Fitzgerald
Ricardo Chacon ... Supervisor
Vaughn Wilkinson Vaughn Wilkinson ... Guardsman
Timothy Charles Ryan Snyder Timothy Charles Ryan Snyder ... Ted Double
Pablo Garcia Croissier Pablo Garcia Croissier ... Onlooker
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When the world was invaded by underground creatures that wanted to wipe out mankind from Earth, the post-apocalyptic survivors called The Day of Reckoning. Fifteen years later, people have the same signs indicating that a new attack is coming and they seek out shelter for protection. What will happen to mankind this time? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Hell will rise.

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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USA

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English

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8 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Juízo Final See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Epic Pictures Group See more »
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A far from hellish rise
20 April 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Part of me knew what to expect from 'Day of Reckoning' and that it was meant to be not take it too seriously and take it for what it is films. The idea was a good one and the cover looked cool and a little creepy, so while not expecting much part of me wanted to enjoy it.

While there are certainly far worse films than 'Day of Reckoning', even taking it for what it's meant to be it is a major failure and really not a good film at all. There are similar films and low-budget films that have been surprisingly average and above, so actually 'Day of Reckoning' could have been good with the right execution. Instead a good idea is ruined by the terrible way nearly everything is executed and the coolness and creepiness stays in solely in cover and doesn't translate in the film.

'Day of Reckoning' at least has occasional splashes of fun and some semi-decent scenery.

However, while there has been worse acting it is still poor, both bland and forced. None of the characters are easy to get behind or interesting, it's all very flimsy and any attempts to develop them feel like melodramatic padding. Their decisions and behaviours also don't make sense and they show very little emotion to tense or dramatic situations.

Nearly everything severely underwhelms. Not just being visually cheap and poorly acted and written even worse but what seemed like a decent, if very generic, idea was executed in typical fashion, with no imagination whatsoever and only occasional splashes of fun.

Faring worse are the production values, story and writing. 'Day of Reckoning', aside from the scenery, is drably shot and sloppily edited, but it's the truly abysmal special effects that are the worst. As the creatures were made on a low-budget it would have been forgiven a little if it was not great, but when the effects for the sharks look as if no effort was given in making them without looking so goofy and unfinished-looking that is hard to ignore or forgive.

Can say no better about the portrayal of the creatures either. They exude little personality either, no menace, not even any unintentional goofiness. Generally the attack scenes, apart from the odd mild amusement, are sloppily edited, too brief and devoid of suspense or sense of horror. Moreover, there is no attempt to give them any explanation or development so the motivations and such are confused and vague.

It is hard to not take 'Day of Reckoning' seriously, when it itself doesn't know whether to take itself seriously or not. Some parts make earnest attempts to not be stupid but come over as pedestrian and over-serious. Other parts go well overboard on the silliness that one is cringing rather than being entertained.

Really wanted to like the story here because the concept was intriguing slightly, but while it starts nicely the further the movie progresses the lazier, cheesier and more formulaic it gets and it gets stale quickly.

Overall, very poor. 2/10 Bethany Cox


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