The Day Shall Come

The Day Shall Come

The Day Shall Come

Satirical comedy legend Chris Morris (Four Lions, TV's Brass Eye and Nathan Barley) takes aim at farcical law enforcement sting operations, as an unorthodox preacher (Marchánt Davis) is unwittingly egged on to commit serious crimes by the FBI. Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Denis O'Hare and Jim Gaffigan co-star.

"‘Based on a hundred true stories’ reads the opening title card to Chris Morris’ latest political satire, his first film since the riotous Four Lions (NZIFF10). Moses (impressive newcomer Marchánt Davis) is an impoverished preacher who heads the Star of Six, a congregation of six including his wife and child. However, the peaceful sect’s belief system and Moses’ prayers are unorthodox enough – he believes that both God and Satan communicate with him through a duck and that the CIA can summon dinosaurs with an air horn – to attract the attention of Kendra (Anna Kendrick), an FBI agent keen to impress her boss. The film’s scathing vision of the war on terror lands plenty of big laughs as dysfunctional FBI agents try to tempt Moses while he finds new and weird ways of not biting." (NZ International Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references87 minsUK, USA
ComedyFestival & Independent

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Reviews & comments

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

If Morris’ first film, the implausibly hilarious suicide bomber farce Four Lions, deliberately raised questions about where its audience’s sympathies should land, his second feature is unequivocal.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Marchánt Davis is simultaneously frustrating and charming and has a natural warmth that grounds the story.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Here, the absurdity undercuts the tension, and all the characters feel so much like cartoons by this point that a bloodbath would be just one more bad-taste joke, rather than a real human tragedy.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

“The Day Shall Come” provides welcome evidence that Morris should be making movies more often, as even this underrealized missive displays a penchant for capturing the sheer lunacy of the war on the terror.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

What starts out as an abrasive satire about US federal agents trying to make up their quota of neutralised homeland security risks ends as something unexpectedly profound and sad.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Smart, bitterly funny, and probably too true for most Americans to bear.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Morris handles a delicate balancing act with an expected ease, the work of a satirist with so much to say yet with an awareness that saying less leads to so much more.

4.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

If Morris’ first film, the implausibly hilarious suicide bomber farce Four Lions, deliberately raised questions about where its audience’s sympathies should land, his second feature is unequivocal.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Marchánt Davis is simultaneously frustrating and charming and has a natural warmth that grounds the story.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Here, the absurdity undercuts the tension, and all the characters feel so much like cartoons by this point that a bloodbath would be just one more bad-taste joke, rather than a real human tragedy.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

“The Day Shall Come” provides welcome evidence that Morris should be making movies more often, as even this underrealized missive displays a penchant for capturing the sheer lunacy of the war on the terror.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

What starts out as an abrasive satire about US federal agents trying to make up their quota of neutralised homeland security risks ends as something unexpectedly profound and sad.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Smart, bitterly funny, and probably too true for most Americans to bear.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Morris handles a delicate balancing act with an expected ease, the work of a satirist with so much to say yet with an awareness that saying less leads to so much more.

4.0

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