Out in cinemas this week: Yet another scrappy band saves humanity from certain destruction; and a beautiful lake in Georgia sparks a sci-fi-tinged cinematic debate over evolution.
The Day (2012)
Co-distributed by WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films, this flick pits an ensemble cast against insuperable odds to keep humanity alive.
The story: Open war against humanity rages. 5 survivors; lost and on the run. The pursuit is relentless, the bullets are dwindling and the battle is everywhere. This is a 24hr look into their lives. Fight or die.
Starring: Shawn Ashmore (Adam), Ashley Bell (Mary), Michael Eklund (Father), Cory Hardrict (Henson), Dominic Monaghan (Rick), Shannyn Sossamon (Shannon), Brianna Barnes (Nikki), Kassidy Verreault (Ava).
Directed by: Douglas Aarniokoski (Highlander: Endgame, Criminal Minds).
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Evolution Creek (2012)
Though it's one of those rare films for which the stunning location came before the concept to be filmed there, the concept the eventually applied was a doozy: Evolution Creek is meant to dramatize the conflict between evolution and creation in a sci-fi context.
The story: A rowdy group of friends rent a houseboat and set off for an amazing vacation. Filled with the spirit of adventure, they chart a course as far as the houseboat will travel and come to land on a vastly unexplored, mountainous region. The group splits as eight of them continue forward, exploring much deeper into the vastly untouched terrain. They are rewarded with a paradise rarely seen: a beautiful island cove. Their fun is short-lived, however, as they are kidnapped and held hostage by a mysterious group of men. Meanwhile, a group of archaeologists also exploring the territory discover an undocumented species. This predator creature seems to be millions of years old, but has human characteristics. While the scientists toil away to uncover more about this unprecedented species, they too run into trouble. Little do they all know, the captors are not they only ones they need to fear. A mysterious presence begins to prey on the visitors and captors alike. They are caught in a war between good and evil. Their lives depend on who wins, the evolved beast or the spiritual guardian's powers protecting the island.
Starring: Stephen David Calhoun (Professor), Chrissy Chambers (Lenora), Quynh Thi Le (Lauri), Timothy Douglas Perez (Bash), Taylor St. Clair (Archaeologist Director), D. Dylan Schettina (Guildious Villain), Alicia Watson (Crystal), Troy Halverson (Albino Villain), Aaron Glöckle (Deek), Kenneth Camp II (James), Chris Simoes (Biff), Elle Scott (Karen), Tim Batten (Kenny), Christina Ashleigh (Evelyn), Hara Kahn (Gabrielle), Lauren Jedneski (Michelle).
Directed by: Lee Bivens.