Lucky Day (film)

Lucky Day is a 2019 action crime film directed and written by Roger Avary. The film stars Luke Bracey and Nina Dobrev. This film is a semi-sequel of Killing Zoe.[3]

Lucky Day
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Avary
Written byRoger Avary
Produced by
CinematographyBrendan Steacy
Edited bySylvie Landra
Music bytomandandy
Distributed by
Release date
  • 18 September 2019 (2019-09-18) (France)
Running time
99 minutes
  • France
  • Canada
Box office$52,369[1]


Australian former safecracker Red is released from prison after two years, Red reconnects with his wife Chloe (Nina Dobrev), their daughter "Bea" Beatrice (who now only speaks in her mother's native French after learning it from her Mexican nanny Lolita) and his former colleague Le Roi, who has been holding $500,000 in untraceable bearer bonds for him from their last heist in his pawn shop's hidden basement; Red's parole officer DPO Ernesto Sanchez (Clifton Collins Jr.) remains suspicious of him and Le Roi. In Le Roi's basement, Red attempts to crack his safe, an identical one to the one from the bank he had robbed but finds he is no longer able to do so due to a lack of practice.

Meanwhile, psychopathic contract killer Luc, recently taken off of the no-fly list, enters the country searching for Red, leaving the airport by killing a man and taking his car. While acquiring weaponry from an associate of his, Jean-Jacques, at his bar, having sex with Jean-Jacques girlfriend as "payment" for the weaponry, Jean-Jacques explains to his friends that Luc is in charge of "retirement" for "the Commission" and that they should be as terrified of him as he himself is, begging his cockiest friend not to insult Luc or try to kill him. After Luc returns without Jean-Jacques girlfriend and the cockiest friend inquires about her, Luc claims off-hand to have killed her after the act to prevent there being any small talk, which Jean-Jacques accepts, only for Jean-Jacques friend to insult him. Luc then shoots Jean-Jacques friend and asks the other whether he was aware that Jean-Jacques has been embezzling from the Commission. After the friend responds that Jean-Jacques has, Jean-Jacques goes for his shotgun to shoot Luc only for Luc to shoot him, inadvertently setting off Jean-Jacques gun and killing the other friend. As he makes his way through town, Luc shoots the owner of a lowrider and joyrides it around town, before killing two police officers after they attempt to stop him.

At the art gallery at which she is preparing to have an exhibition of her paintings that night, Chloe's boss Derrek Blarney attempts to proposition her, only for her to reveal that Red has been released from prison. Outraged at the rejection, Derrek threatens to take back the loan Chloe has been living off of since Red's incarceration if she does not sell any paintings that night. That night, Red and Le Roi attend Chloe's exhibition; Le Roi restrains Red from insulting the critics who are insulting his wife's character. Red questions Chloe about Ernesto Sanchez' presence at the exhibition, revealing that he is an avid art collector and is genuinely interested in the art. Elsewhere, Luc arrives at Red's house looking for him, killing Lolita as Bea flees, before discovering the location of the exhibition from a card left on Chloe's table. As Derrek attempts to again seduce Chloe, Bea arrives looking for her; Red spots Luc arriving and shouts a warning to her, allowing Chloe and Bea to flee as Luc shoots in Red's direction, mortally wounding Le Roi, who gives Red the key to his safe. Ernesto Sanchez then shoots at Luc, who in response ends up killing almost all of the critics present at the exhibition, before leaving to pursue Red.

After Luc climbs atop Red's car in an attempt to kill him, Red shoots Luc's gun at the ceiling of the car, knocking him off of it. After Chloe questions him on Luc's presence, Red reveals Luc is the brother of his partner in the bank heist who was shot by police, and that he would likely be looking for the bearer bonds Red had pretended were destroyed, which in fact he had had Le Roi smuggle out of the bank via tunnels leading to his basement. They decide to proceed to Le Roi's basement to retrieve the money. As Red enters the basement, Luc catches up with the car on-foot, holding Chloe hostage as Bea runs inside towards her father. After Red offers Luc the bonds and himself in exchange for his family's lives, Luc reveals that he was unaware of the bonds' existence and merely blames Red for living in his brother's place, considering them a nice surprise for after he kills him and his family. Red moves in front of her as Luc fires, unintentionally knocking her into the safe. Luc overlooks the short-breathed Red and locks the safe, informing him that he will hear her suffocating before he dies from the gunshot.

Luc then pursues Chloe as she flees into the tunnels connected to Le Roi's basement; Chloe manages to impale him in the back with a rake, before fleeing back to the basement and up into Le Roi's shop. Meanwhile, Red is revealed to have been alive, Luc's bullet having been blocked by Le Roi's key to the safe (which he had left in his breast pocket), which has been rendered unusable. As Red tells Bea through the sage to conserve her breaths, Luc returns and holds him at gunpoint. As he prepares to shoot him, Ernesto Sanchez arrives, having been retrieved by Chloe, and orders Luc to drop his weapon. After Luc instead tries to kill him, Ernesto Sanchez shoots him several times. Recognizing himself to be beaten, Luc sets off a pair of charged explosives that disintegrate himself and the bearer bonds.

As Red tries to open the safe, Ernesto Sanchez tries to arrest him for breaking his parole, only to allow him to try to crack the safe upon learning Bea is inside. Although nervous, Red manages to free Bea, and the family hug. Looking at the happy family, Ernesto Sanchez decides not to arrest Red, and remarks at his dissatisfaction at how the evening has unfolded, and that he likely will receive commendation for having stopped Luc.

Several days later, while Bea pays her respect to Lolita's ashes and Chloe remarks that their water is about to be shut off, Red offers to move the family back to Chloe's native France despite himself not speaking French once his parole is over. Suddenly, an excited Derrek arrives at the house to reveal that Chloe's paintings have sold out for hundreds of thousands due to them having been spattered with "the blood of her critics" during Luc's shootout at the art gallery, before giving her cut of the proceedings and asking when her next art show will be. As the family closes the door in Derrek's face, Bea speaks English for the first time to declare to the audience that it is "The End", before the family dances happily together at their newfound wealth.



On the review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 9% based on 11 reviews, with an average score of 3.5/10.[5] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 18 out of 100 based on 5 critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike".[6]


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  2. ^ "Catalogue". Elevation Pictures. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  3. ^ M., Smita (2019-10-11). "Director Roger Avary wrote 'Lucky Day' during year-long incarceration with 'dialogues, ruminations and themes' from 'cell block C4'". Archived from the original on 2019-10-12. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  4. ^ Debruge, Peter (October 13, 2019). "Film Review:"Lucky Day"".
  5. ^ "Lucky Day (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 30 October 2021.
  6. ^ "Lucky Day Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 November 2019.

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