A stunt masquerading as a statement. In Day Night Day Night, Julia Loktev’s maddeningly austere and self-important drama, an American woman (Luisa Williams), 19 years old, arrives in Manhattan to carry out a mission as a suicide bomber. Is she a homegrown Islamic terrorist? An especially irate lefty blogger? We’re never given a clue, so the whole It can happen here! scenario unfolds in a vague ”cautionary” vacuum. The silent preparatory rituals — meetings with hooded comrades, the strapping on of the bomb — culminate with a death walk, in real time, through Times Square, a sequence of the most purely opportunistic suspense.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Josh P. Weinstein, Luisa Williams, Gareth Saxe; Director: Julia Loktev; Author: Julia Loktev; Runtime (in minutes): 94; MPAA Rating: Unrated; Distributor: IFC First Take
Posted January 17 2015 — 9:14 AM EST
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