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The Day Shall Come

Opening Friday, September 27th at the Screenlands Crossroads in Kansas City is the follow-up work of Four LionsChris Morris.  While not as trong as his previous film, The Day Shall Come is still very hilarious and on-point as a small time Miami street preacher finds himself funded by the United States Government.  His desire?  To overthrow the same government that unbeknownst to him currently funds him. 

"Scathingly blunt and often cutthroat in its observations of government bureaucracy"

Scathingly blunt and often cutthroat in its observations of government bureaucracy (but mostly its ongoing shoveling of bullshit), The Day Shall Come is uncompromising in its railing against unintelligible policy as the war against terrorism rages on with yet another . . . win.

Starring Marchánt Davis, Danielle Brooks, Anna Kendrick and Denis O’Hare, The Day Shall Come begins with a bang as Moses Al Shabaz (Davis) sells, buys back, and then re-sells “drugs” in order to fund his revolutionary ideas.  That opening scene is classic Morris territory and he subverts expectations throughout the movie, forcing audiences to go straight into the far-out with horses that talk and God-delivered lightning strikes and so on. {googleads}

Unfortunately, Moses dimwitted attempts to overthrow “The Man” get him on the US government’s radar because – surprise, surprise – the Middle Eastern terrorist organization that winds up supporting him is, hilariously enough, a con job whose sole purpose is to make FBI agent Kendra Glack (Anna Kendrick) look good to her boss.  A win on national security means promotions for everybody, after all.

But Moses might not be as dumb as was originally believed.  He doesn’t always do as expected and his hijinks, believing himself to be the next great black prophet, are often hilariously extreme and outlandish, making the government go to extremes as a response to his own peculiar brand of farm-friendly terrorism.The Day Shall Come

Director/Co-writer Chris Morris (Four Lions) and co-writer Jesse Armstrong (Succession) have another hilarious satire on their hands.  The Day Shall Come is legitimately authentic at demonstrating just how out of touch and daft the government can be when it comes to handling political theater.  This is an absurd tale and it is made all the more absurd because it feels absolutely believable in its takedown of our national institutions. 

The one-liners in this madcap tale of home-grown terrorism gone wrong come fast and furious and their take no prisoners approach to all things political.  Most of the situation that Moses finds himself in makes for some rebel-rousing, button-pushing matinee shenanigans.  I mean the idea of a film like this being shot in secret in the Dominican Republic (doubling as Miami in the flick) AND the fact that it features comedian Jim Gaffigan as Lemmy, a neo-Nazi in possession of a nuke, makes this one a film with its finger on someone’s button.

The Day Shall Come has arrived!  Idiocracy has a new threat. 

3/5 stars

The Day Shall Come


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The Day Shall Come

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
87 mins
: Christopher Morris
Jesse Armstrong
Anna Kendrick, Danielle Brooks, Denis O'Hare
: Comedy
A Comedy Based On a Hundred True Stories.
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IFC Films
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September 27, 2019
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Synopsis: An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.


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