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Against the backdrop of an armed robbery that goes badly wrong in one of Londonís most exclusive jewellers, hostages Sam and Mary, flung together by deadly circumstance, discover their true feelings for each other.
Sam is a bright, ambitious and handsome bellboy at a five star hotel who has big dreams of one day running his own restaurant. On a seemingly ordinary day, he suddenly finds himself in a life or death hostage situation with the radiantly beautiful Mary and her belligerent elderly boss Charlie while running an errand at one of London's most exclusive jewelers. Against the backdrop of an armed jewel robbery that goes badly wrong, hostages Sam and Mary, flung together by deadly circumstance, discover their true feelings for each other.
"Comes a Bright Day" is described as a comedy/romance/thriller but it doesn't succeed at them all which I was glad to see believe it or not. First off I didn't really see much in the way of comedy, if it was there then I suppose the majority of it went over my head. Now let me make something clear, I was very happy this wasn't some silly, over-the-top comedy because I have seen enough of those already. There isn't much action or thrills for that matter either but the film does contain some nice twists along the way. What I found here was more a dialogue heavy character piece in which the main characters are tossed together under a very tense and difficult situation. Stories are told and secrets are revealed creating some very tense moments in the film. I don't think this is going to be a film for everyone, some may find it to be too talky and slow but I quite enjoyed the banter and the cast was exceptional.
The cast which consists of Craig Roberts, the beautiful Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd and the always professional Timothy Spall. It's these four actors that take the film up another level and it make better than perhaps it should of been. The film takes place mostly inside the jewelers but London is a very beautiful backdrop to the few outside scenes in the film.
I didn't know what to expect from the film before watching it, I knew the basic plot and I knew it had an amazing cast but that was about it. I was expecting something a bit more silly since the film is described as a comedy as well but I was very happy to find out that it was more a character-driven thriller. The film kept my interest the entire time as I waited to find out how this heist was going to end and if any of the three hostages would even make it out alive. I'm not sure about the over-all writing here because the film wanted to be several things at once but it doesn't quite fulfill those promises. I already talked about the lack of humor but the romance side of the story never really gets going till the very end either but I was okay with that as well because there was enough to the story to keep me watching.
I kind of expected the ending but I still thought it was very good and it fit the story perfectly. British cinema is hit or miss for me so I went into this not expecting a whole lot but I am happy to say I liked the film much more than I expected. I recommend it based on it's cast and and it's engaging story that gets the audience thinking. "Comes a Bright Day" isn't your typical heist film which is why I liked it as much as I did.
Released by Strand Releasing
*** 1/2 Out Of *****