Benoit Debie
Owen Gleiberman
May 09, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Day Night Day Night

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
94 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/11/07
performer
Josh P. Weinstein, Luisa Williams, Gareth Saxe
director
Julia Loktev
distributor
IFC First Take
author
Julia Loktev
genre
Drama

We gave it an C-

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.

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