The apocalypse was just the beginning.
Three years after a mysterious virus turned most of humanity into slavering zombies, a lone warrior comes to the aid of a beleaguered community of survivors. As you can probably tell, post-apocalyptic horror thriller Daylight's End doesn’t score high points for storytelling originality, save for the quirk of making its vampire-like zombies burn up on exposure to sunlight.
Laconic hero Rourke (actor-musician Johnny Strong (opens in new tab)) is very much a chip off the Mad Max (opens in new tab) block, yet with less charisma. The dialogue is often pretty ropey, too, but the action has a pulpy shoot-’em-up vigour, well suited to the film’s simultaneous release as an interactive virtual-reality experience.
Certificate 15. Runtime 105 mins. Director William Kaufman
Daylight's End debuts on Sky Cinema Premiere on Thursday 31 August. Available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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