Comes a Bright Day

A working-class London lad with big dreams romances an out-of-his-league blonde against the backdrop of a bloody jewelry store heist that escalates into a hostage situation in British indie "Comes a Bright Day."

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With: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Spall, Geoff Bell, Josef Altin.

A working-class London lad with big dreams romances an out-of-his-league blonde against the backdrop of a bloody jewelry store heist that escalates into a hostage situation in British indie “Comes a Bright Day.” Substituting style for substance and quirkiness for character, the feature debut of helmer-writer Simon Aboud, a well-connected commercials director (and Paul McCartney’s son-in-law), is tonally all over the map. Name thesps, experienced crew and marketing tie-ins aplenty lend sales traction, but “Day” is no hidden gem; brightest prospects are in ancillary.

When psychopath Cameron (Kevin McKidd, chewing scenery here) and his sniveling sidekick Clegg (Josef Altin) bungle a burglary, Cameron shoots a customer and some cops, then manhandles captive Sam (Craig Roberts), loquacious shop proprietor Charlie (Timothy Spall) and his comely salesgirl Mary (Imogen Poots). The rapidly deteriorating situation provides an excuse for risible dialogue and stagey performances. Meanwhile, John Lynch’s elegant lensing gives the interiors a burnished glow, and makes the velvet black exteriors twinkle with colored lights. Brit designer Paul Smith dressed the lead characters and will host a special exhibit of stills from set photographer (and the helmer’s wife) Mary McCartney.

Comes a Bright Day

U.K.

Production: An Intandem Films, Matador Pictures presentation in association with Cinema Six and Regent Capital of a Smudge Films, Lost Tribe Prods., Ispo Facto Films production. Produced by Christine Alderson. Executive producers, Nigel Thomas, Charlotte Walls, Hugh Spruling, Boo Simonian, Sabrina Guinness. Directed, written by Simon Aboud.

Crew: Camera (color), John Lynch; editors, Mark Day, Gavin Buckley; music, Joel Cadbury, Melissa Parmenter; music supervisor, John Boughtwood; production designer, Ricky Eyers; costume designer, Ian Fulcher. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Generation 14Plus), Feb. 14, 2012. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: With: Craig Roberts, Imogen Poots, Kevin McKidd, Timothy Spall, Geoff Bell, Josef Altin.

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