I don't often turn away from a good apocalypse movie. I just don't. I'm fairly certain the reason for this is absolutely the simple fact that it's a totally reasonable thing to happen....at least in my mind. There are some crazy ass places in the world, so would it really surprise anyone if a fat ass mushroom cloud appeared over your daughter's preschool playground? The answer is no. It shouldn't.
I came across 54 Days...hmmm....how?! Probably perusing imdb looking for all great things horror. Regardless, I came across this film, watched the trailer, and immediately started doing my social media homework. I located Tim Lea, mastermind behind the film, and reached out to him asking for a chance for ReelBloody to get its claws sunk into this thriller. He politely obliged, and we were totally happy and proud to have been able to give this one a watch.
There wasn't a part of this film that didn't fall into place smoothly. The cast was terrific, the plot simple, but effective, and the tension was built in such a way that as the movie progressed, I felt immediately in the middle of the struggle. Ooh, yes the plot. 54 Days takes a look at 5 people fighting for survival after a nuclear explosion devastates everything around them. They locate a survival bunker and have seemingly found safe haven. What the viewer gets to enjoy over the next 70 minutes or so is the grueling downward spiral of their health, sanity, and loyalty. All of this culminates into a gut-wrenching climax that will no doubt make you stop what you're doing, look deep inside yourself, and ask "Could I survive? Could I make these decisions?" I guarantee you think you know, but this movie will beg that you reconsider and be honest with yourself.
I really did enjoy the movie. As I said, it's simple, effective, and straight-forward. No bullshit here, just a spot-on film that goes just beyond what you'd expect and causes you to question everything you know about your ability to remain steadfast when faced with certain doom.
I'm not the only one who agrees. 54 Days has already been making the film festival rounds. Most recently, it received multiple awards at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema and now has a healthy stack of Mr. T like awards and medals upon which to brag.
Make no mistake, writer/director Tim Lea has managed to tap into a part of your mind you had forgotten existed. His thriller 54 Days is a must see for anyone who wants to challenge themselves with everything they think they know about survival movies.
Keep your eyes peeled for this one, folks. You won't be disappointed. You can catch all the film details here and follow the movie on Twitter @54daysthemovie.
I'm giving this one a solid 6 out of 10 cleavers!