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The Day Shall Come

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

FBI creates terrorist plot and arrests innocents; cursing.

Movie NR 2019 87 minutes
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This movie is sometimes clever, but it ultimately doesn't work. It would have more convincingly conveyed the important news that American citizens are being railroaded by their own law enforcement agencies if it had been set as a drama rather than a comedy. The uneven tone throws into question whether such tactics could be real when, in fact, they are. British writer-director Chris Morris tends to lean toward his comic roots and thus gives corrupt FBI agents outlooks that go beyond simple cynicism to absurdity. The wonderful Denis O'Hare as an FBI boss tosses off Orwellian gobbledygook to justify sending SWAT teams to arrest someone who doesn't want the (fake) nuclear weapons the FBI is trying to force on him. If this were a bit less silly, if the black man under scrutiny didn't seem like a harmless idiot, the moment would be heartbreakingly funny enough and utterly credible.

The equally cynical but far more affecting film Wag the Dog comes to mind here because in that movie the efforts to use government power to fool the public always seemed real and plausible. Here, instead, we have a main character who runs around wearing a shower curtain cape and Napoleon hat, claiming that God talks to him through ducks. The Day Shall Come disrespects the character and, in a way, the audience as well.

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