William Kaufman’s Daylight’s End Excels with Post-Apocalyptic Concept model
William Kaufman, Director
Writer: Chad Law
Release Date: August 26th, 2016
Release Format: VOD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Years after a mysterious plague has devastated the planet and turned most of humanity into blood-hungry creatures, a rogue drifter on a vengeful hunt stumbles across a band of survivors in an abandoned police station and reluctantly agrees to try to help them defend themselves and escape to the sanctuary they so desperately need.
Daylight’s End presents the viewer with a mélange of testosterone driven action and Horror. The cornucopia of carnage begins from the opening frame. Tension and energy do not lax as the film progresses.
With calculated finesse, the central character is introduced minutes into Act I. Cited is the protagonists’ internal conflict. Emphasis went into casually exhibiting a post-apocalyptic setting. Closing the surrealistic scene is a clever display of the external opposition. The unveiling of the antagonist lingers with the viewer as the opening credits develop.
Daylight’s End is a construct of well executed creative direction. Action drives the film with horror sitting in the passenger seat. The narrative although ripe with cliché and male bravado is entertaining. Chad Law penned a screenplay that targets various genres with ease.
William Kaufman excels in translating Law’s script through the lens. Noticeable in Kaufman’s film are the many parallels with other action horror hybrids. Daylight’s End takes standard references to build its own distinct quality.
The costume design and practical effects department offer exceptional quality in craftsmanship. The level of detail in wardrobe design enhanced the authenticity of the film concept. Also, calculated attention went into the set design. From the survivor’s haven to the enemy compound each environment offered a distinct vibe.
The cast delivered noteworthy portrayals with refined believability. Audiences will enjoy the on-screen chemistry between characters. B-movie stylized acting does not make an appearance in Daylight’s End.
Creative application infuses every scene in Daylight’s End. Stunning visuals are a produced from the creative use of lighting, composition, and direction. Daylight’s End offers an engaging narrative that follows post-apocalyptic devices. While the story lacks backdrop human drama takes center stage.
The protagonist, Thomas Rourke (portrayed by Johnny Strong) represents the typical tortured hero. This is a design seen many times over in action films. Presented is an uncanny similarity between Chad Law’s hero concept and George Miller’s model.
The opposing force executes calculated strategy against their human counterparts. Their bloodthirsty leader is a figure dubbed; The Alpha (portrayed by Krzysztof Soszynski). Subhuman like qualities restrains this character from any form of expressionism.
Daylight’s End, conceptual wise the film does not offer a new Action, Horror model. Yet, the narrative and visual composition are of superb quality. The cast delivers exceptional portrayals, adding to the entertainment value of the film. Practical effects, set design and wardrobe work in concert to bring the story to life.Rating Score: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive