The Day Shall Come

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The Day Shall Come
The Day Shall Come poster.jpg
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
companies
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]

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 exploits the farce at the heart of real life FBI sting operations.[3]

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.

Plot[edit]

Moses Al Shabazz is the impoverished leader of a small religious commune in Miami with three other members, including his wife Venus and followers X and Afrika. The commune, the Star of Six, is a combination of several religious deities, including Allah, "Black Santa", and General Toussaint L'Ouverture. Moses, who - among several other strange beliefs - believes animals can speak to him, preaches of a black uprising to take back the world from their 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".

After an attempt to frame a man for a terrorist bombing goes wrong, Agent Kendra Glack of the FBI comes across one of Moses's live-streamed sermons, and decides that he will make the perfect patsy to pin criminal activities on. The FBI plan to arrest Moses after misleading him into committing a criminal act, making them look successful for capturing a dangerous revolutionary. When Moses is served an eviction notice by his landlord, Kendra sends Reza, a pedophilic shopkeeper who is only free because of his cooperation with the FBI, to inform him that his relative is a sheikh affiliated with Al-Qaeda and would like to supply Moses with money and firearms to back his revolutionary preachings. Reza sets up a meeting between Moses and Nura, another FBI informant pretending to be the sheikh, but Moses initially asks only for farm equipment and a horse. Upon further consideration of how much money the guns will allow him to get from the sheikh, however, Moses contacts the sheikh and agrees to accept fifty Kalashnikov rifles.

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

Moses makes a deal with a group of neo-Nazis to sell the uranium for $100,000 in cash, but instead of procuring the real fake nukes, Moses plays off a joke from follower X and has his followers fill the uranium 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 to the Miami police taking over the case and attempting to arrest Moses, X, Afrika, and Moses's landlord at the uranium sale. Kendra is able to call one of the undercover officers, who orders the police to stand down and let Moses, X, and Afrika go. Moses believes he is now off the hook, as his landlord has been arrested, but as he drives his Star of Six bus back into town to visit his wife and daughter at a donut shop for his daughter's birthday, a massive police escort gives 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, which is surrounded by police, Kendra's superior Andy hints that it would all be easier if Moses were shot, prompting Kendra to rethink her strategy. At the donut shop, a policeman's gun goes off by mistake, sending everyone running for cover. Reza, who is also at the shop, tries to give Moses a fake rocket launcher in order to give the FBI a reason to arrest him, but Moses pretends to be an undercover cop and arrest 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, and Moses and his followers were given 20 to 35 years in prison on plea bargains with no trial; his wife is given 15 years for aiding a terrorist organization.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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]

Release[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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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