Day Night Day Night
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

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"Loktev creates a minimalist study of unfathomable faith."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"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?"
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Viewers will find themselves asking "Why? Why? Why?" in a structural echo, perhaps, of the repetition in the film's title."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"den dikaiologei bebaia ton enthoysiasmo me ton opoio petaksan tis kilotes toys arketoi fanatikoi tis afairetikis kinimatografisis ana ton kosmo toy anaksartitoy, alla oyte prepei na perasei aparatiriti, esto kai san sporadika epityhimeni kai akribis."
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"In striving to nail down every excruciating detail of how an attack might take place, Loktev squanders forward momentum."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"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."
‑ Richard M. Porton, Chicago Reader
"Day Night Day Night brings plenty of shakycam immediacy and a cute face to what seems to be zero point of view."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"In the end, we're left just as much in the dark as we were in the beginning of the film as to what motivates such a young woman to give up her life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is small of scale, budget and even of intentions. But like any act of the unthinkable, it looms large in the imagination."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"For 94 mesmerizing, narratively minimalist minutes Russian born filmmaker Julia Loktev pushes post 9-11 buttons. The result is a masterfully crafted exercise in dread unlike anything you're likely to have seen before."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"All in all, it's a creepy subject for a movie -- especially when there is no payoff at the end."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Day Night Day Night has captured viewers' attention around the world for its remarkable craftsmanship, technical command and distinctive vision."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"The Day of the Jackal meets The Rapture in a bathtub full of barbiturates."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"The kind of movie that is far more interesting and edifying to read about and discuss than it is to actually sit through."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"The film is beautifully built and has moments of terrifying tension. If it can't quite find a way to end, it nonetheless makes vivid work of the time it takes."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
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