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Day Night Day Night2006

Day Night Day Night (2006)



Critic Consensus: Day Night Day Night is a minimalist drama that refuses to indulge in stereotypes, making it all the more realistic and chilling.

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Writer-director Julia Loktev's (Moment of Impact) harrowing, claustrophobic thriller Day Night Day Night plunges the audience into the world of a suicide bomber just prior to her final, fatal act. As the film opens, a young woman (played by Luisa Williams) prays to an unknown, unspecified deity, then tucks away into a fleabag New Jersey motel room, when several hooded men arrive, arm her with explosives, and give her instructions to carry out. She then takes off alone, headed straight for Times Square, and making her way through clamoring throngs of real people -- any of whom could instantly become her casualties. Loktev strips away much of the external exposition, never revealing the central character's name, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or political background. The director thus forces the audience to focus, exclusively and unrelentingly, on the nature of the character's actions, and underscores the idea that terrorist motivations are, on some level, completely inconceivable to an outsider. Ironically, instead of turning the central character into a cipher and thus distancing her from the viewer, the film's stripped exposition terrifyingly draws the audience closer to the character. Josh Phillip Weinstein and Gareth Saxe co-star.

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Gareth Saxe
as Organizer
Nyambi Nyambi
as Organizer
Frank Dattolo
as Bombmaker
Annemarie Lawless
as Bombmaker's Assistant
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Critic Reviews for Day Night Day Night

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (20)

Viewers will find themselves asking "Why? Why? Why?" in a structural echo, perhaps, of the repetition in the film's title.

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

Loktev creates a minimalist study of unfathomable faith.

August 10, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately this portrait of a young woman on the eve of her first terrorist foray -- a bombing of Times Square -- replaces the knee-jerk patriotic bluster of Hollywood films with its own postmodern cliches.

August 10, 2007 | Full Review…

All in all, it's a creepy subject for a movie -- especially when there is no payoff at the end.

May 23, 2007

Efforts to universalize this story by avoiding specifics ends up making Day Night Day Night broad and blank, reducing the lead character to one more generic nutcase for us to fear and pity. And isn't the anonymity of bombers precisely the problem?

May 12, 2007 | Rating: C
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Day Night Day Night brings plenty of shakycam immediacy and a cute face to what seems to be zero point of view.

May 10, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Day Night Day Night

very dry and realistic, down to every last detail, but ultimately goes nowhere

alan jay
alan jay

Super Reviewer

Intriguing story plot. An interesting performance by Luisa Williams. Worth seeing!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"Day Night Day Night" proves the old adage that if you have seen one suicide bomber walk through Times Square, then you have pretty much seen them all by so overloading on detail, that what is meant to be frightening instead just leads to a feeling of impatience from the viewer. Actually writer/director Julia Loktev is less concerned with terrorism then with how women are treated by men, in this case, a young woman(Luisa Williams) being coerced by men to do the unthinkable. However, this same woman has the gumption to get on a bus to travel cross country which would take a good deal of free will on its own. The one thing the movie gets perfectly right is the sensory overload to a new visitor to Times Square, giving some idea that the woman is from a less populated area and by her dress, very conservative. But her lack of hopelessness, desperation or anger do not give any indication that she would resort to such senseless violence. Her hyper-politeness clashes with the profile of a suicide bomber(The fellow members of her cell also act very considerately towards her...) in that she seems so afraid of hurting someone's feelings that she would never be rude on purpose, much less wish to blow them to kingdom come. [/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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