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The Day Shall Come is a 2019 British-American satirical dark comedy thriller film, written by Chris Morris and Jesse Armstrong and directed by Morris. The film stars Marchánt Davis, Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks and Denis O'Hare. The film satirises the farce at the heart of real life FBI sting operations.[3]

The Day Shall Come
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byChris Morris
Produced by
Written byChris Morris
Jesse Armstrong
Starring
Music byChris Morris
Sebastian Rochford
Jonathan Whitehead
CinematographyMarcel Zyskind
Edited byBilly Sneddon
Production
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Distributed by
Release date
  • March 11, 2019 (2019-03-11) (SXSW)
  • September 27, 2019 (2019-09-27) (United States)
  • October 11, 2019 (2019-10-11) (United Kingdom)
Running time
88 minutes[1]
Country
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$26,972[2]

It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019. It was released in the United States on September 27, 2019, by IFC Films, and is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2019, by Entertainment One.

PlotEdit

Moses Al Shabazz is the impoverished leader of a small religious commune, the "Star of Six", in Miami. The commune has three other members, including Moses's wife Venus, and followers X and Afrika. It worships deities including Allah, "Black Santa", and General Toussaint Louverture. Moses preaches a black uprising against the white oppressors, but opposes the use of firearms. He has been prescribed anti-psychotic medication, but does not take it, as it "makes him drowsy".

Agent Kendra Glack of the FBI comes across one of Moses's live-streamed sermons, and decides that he will make an ideal dupe on whom to pin revolutionary activities. When Moses is served an eviction notice by his landlord, Kendra sends Reza, a pedophilic shopkeeper now working undercover for the FBI, to claim that his relative, a sheikh affiliated with Al-Qaeda, would be willing to supply money and firearms to Moses to back his revolution. Reza sets up a meeting between Moses and the supposed sheikh (in fact another FBI informant, Nura), but Moses initially asks only for farm equipment and a horse. However, having appreciated how much money the guns represent, he subsequently agrees to accept 50 Kalashnikov rifles.

Venus is horrified at these dealings, and leaves the commune with their daughter, even though Moses has promised not to use the guns. Moses witnesses lightning strike and destroy a crane, and believes it is a sign from God. On the day of the exchange, the FBI prepare to arrest him for the illegal gun deal, but he rides to the FBI headquarters on his horse and attempts to turn in the dealers for a reward. He meets with Kendra before leaving: she shows sympathy for his situation, but says she can't help him. When Moses returns to his commune, he finds his followers have been evicted. His landlord agrees to let him return in exchange for procuring weapons-grade uranium from the sheikh; and the FBI sees this as an opportunity to have him arrested for attempting to use a nuclear device.

Moses makes a deal to sell the uranium to a group of neo-Nazis for $100,000, but instead of procuring the real uranium has his followers fill the canisters with piss and beans. The neo-Nazis are actually undercover police officers, and in having Moses contact them, the FBI cross over into police territory, leading the Miami police to take over the case and attempt to arrest Moses, X, Afrika, and Moses's landlord at the uranium sale. Kendra is able to persuade the police to stand down and let Moses, X, and Afrika go. The landlord is arrested, and Moses believes he is now off the hook; but as he drives his bus back into town to meet his wife and daughter at a donut shop, the police give chase.

The Miami police have called a nuclear emergency, forcing Kendra to declare a nuclear emergency as well in order to retain control of the situation. On their way to the donut shop, Kendra's superior Andy hints that it would all be easier if Moses were shot, prompting Kendra to rethink her position. At the shop, a policeman's gun goes off by mistake, sending everyone running for cover. Reza, who is also present, tries to give Moses a fake rocket launcher in order to give the FBI an excuse to arrest him, but Moses pretends to be an undercover cop and arrests Reza, who Afrika mistakenly shoots in the head with a toy crossbow. Kendra enters the shop and asks Moses to stand down, but he attempts to fire the rocket launcher at her and her accompanying officers, allowing the FBI to arrest him and his followers. As he is being led away, Kendra promises Moses that his daughter will be cared for.

The end credits state that all FBI personnel involved in the case were promoted, while Moses and his followers were given 20 to 35 years in prison on plea bargains with no trial. Venus was given 15 years for aiding a terrorist organization.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was shot in secret, in the Dominican Republic in 2017 and 2018.[4][5][6][7] Additional photography took place in March 2018.[8]

ReleaseEdit

The film had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 11, 2019.[9] It was released in the United States on September 27, 2019.[10] and in the United Kingdom on October 11, 2019.[11]

ReceptionEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 74% based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 6.56/10.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Day Shall Come". South by Southwest. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Day Shall Come". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Day Shall Come". See Saw Films. January 14, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Reilly, Nick. "Brass Eye creator Chris Morris has secretly shot a new movie starring Anna Kendrick". NME. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  5. ^ White, Peter (November 27, 2017). "Anna Kendrick To Front Chris Morris Comedy For See Saw Films & Film4". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  6. ^ Richardson, Jay (November 27, 2017). "Who's in Chris Morris's new movie?". Chortle: The UK Comedy Guide. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
  7. ^ De La Fuente, Anna Marie (January 4, 2019). "Dominican Republic Feels Surge in Production as Tax Is Reduced". Variety. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Richardson, Jay (January 13, 2019). "Chris Morris returns to satirising the war on terror". Chortle: The UK Comedy Guide. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 16, 2019). "SXSW: Olivia Wilde, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey to Premiere New Work". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Lang, Brent (July 2, 2019). "IFC Films Buys Chris Morris' 'The Day Shall Come'". Variety. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Day Shall Come". Launching Films. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "The Day Shall Come (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved September 27, 2019.

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