The 24th Day - 2004 (R)


Year of Release: 2004
Rated: R
Director: Tony Piccirillo
Approx. Running Time: 96 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)


From Back Cover:

"This is the real thing...tense, provocative, impossible to predict."

"...Scott Speedman and James Marsden's performances will blow you away!"

It's been 24 days since Tom found out that his life was ruined by a previous encounter with Dan. 24 days since he decided Dan would have to pay with his life. In this electrifying suspense thriller, driven by superstar performances, you'll be holding your breath to see who survives THE 24TH DAY.

My Comments:

The basic plot is this: Tom (Speedman) has recently lost his wife. She was killed in a car accident on the way home from the doctor's office - after learning that she had AIDS. Five years before, Tom had a one night stand with Dan (Marsden) - his only homosexual encounter. Blaming Dan for his wife's infection and ultimate death, Tom lures Dan into a trap and takes him prisoner so that he can collect a blood sample to test for HIV, thus proving that Dan was the source of the infection. His plan, as he informs Dan, is to kill him and exact his revenge - if the test is positive. If it is negative, Dan is free to go.

Both actors give very taut and interesting performances and the tension is so thick that you can feel it through the screen. Interestingly, though, as much as the film talks about sex and deals with sex, it doesn't actually show any nor are the two lead actors ever shown even kissing each other. But, given the circumstances, this is completely appropriate. Actually, the only real complaint that I had with this film was the cinematography, which - given that this is a relatively low-budget film - is a little sub-par.

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