A minimalist kidnap thriller, David Barker’s 2010 “Daylight” is genre filmmaking retooled as mood piece, even if it takes an errant hitchhiker to set trouble in motion. A New York couple—the woman pregnant—is hijacked on the way to a wedding. Threats ensue in the confines of a country house. Understated yet unnerving, the film’s rhythms are snakily suspenseful, drawn from looks and the looks of things as much as mysteries of motivation. Landscape and distance tell as much as proximity. Don’t get close. With the very effective Alexandra Meierhans, Ivan Martin, Michael Godere. 75m. (Ray Pride)
“Daylight” opens Friday at Facets. A trailer is below.
Author: Ray Pride
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic, editor of Movie City News and a contributing editor of Filmmaker magazine. He is also a photographer: his history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images is forthcoming. Check a few signs on Twitter (@chighostsigns) as well as daily photography on Instagram (instagram.com/raypride). Twitter: @RayPride. (Photo: Jorge Colombo.)