Daybreak Release Date: 2000 Genre: Drama | Thriller Director(s): Jean Pellerin (Escape Under Pressure, Clown at Midnight) Writer(s): Jonathan Raymond (Epoch, Falcon Down) Starring: Roy Scheider, Ted McGinley,Ken Olandt “We’ve got a problem… The train is on fire.” – Ted McGinley Ted McGinley playing an action hero is something I never thought I’d see. Nor […]

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Daybreak
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Drama | Thriller
Director(s): Jean Pellerin (Escape Under Pressure, Clown at Midnight)
Writer(s): Jonathan Raymond (Epoch, Falcon Down)
Starring: Roy Scheider, Ted McGinley,Ken Olandt

“We’ve got a problem… The train is on fire.” – Ted McGinley

Ted McGinley playing an action hero is something I never thought I’d see. Nor did I think I’d ever see the nerdy kid from Killer Buzz tell McGinly that to walk through a surging electrical current without getting killed, all he had to do was simply place a trashcan over his head.

This cheapie from UFO Films has McGinley, that nerdy kid, a bimbo, her over-the-top jealous, ex-con boyfriend, and a man-fearing rape victim getting caught in the San Francisco subway system after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes. Eventually they have to face fire, water, and electricity to find their way out, all while a friend on high ground (Scheider) battles with a deputy mayor who has been accepting under-the-table deals to store toxic waste underground. The deputy mayor simply wants them all to perish, but Scheider, who couldn’t have put in more than four days, refuses to listen to him.

There’s a much better movie out there that copies Sylvester Stallone’s Daylight a hell of a lot better. That film is Scorcher, and it even uses stock footage from Daylight instead of the hokey and dark CGI effects like the one’s in Daybreak.

The only point that needs to be noted is just how insanely jealous that boyfriend is. At one point McGinley’s character saves the girl from certain death by tackling her. The boyfriend sees this as McGinley hitting on her. The fact that he’s an ass is played up for so long, so often, that his death scene is much appreciated. This isn’t because you dislike the character, but rather because you find him annoying.
DVD: Some merchants list a commentary track, but the final product does not include one.

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