Day of the People (2016) – By Misty Layne


Day of the People looks totally rad. It’s a short, experimental, cyberpunk, sci-fi thriller that pays homage to 80s movies, and just REALLY looks amazeballs. Totes. So cool. Moving on though, here’s how the production describes their film:

Failed brutalist visions of the future, people propaganda, a city that never was, they all meet up against the soundtrack of stylish synthesizers in this experimental piece, in a film inspired in part by the doomsday genre and the general sense of red threat in many awesome cult classics of the 1980s.・

Doomsday genre and general sense of red threat in many awesome cult classics of the 1980s? CHECK. (Y’all, they had an old school Pepsi can. As a vintage girl, I cannot say enough how awesome it was!)

A city that never was? YEP. Looked pretty cool too. Called Citygate・and had a skywalk (love those things!). Was completely free of people and definitely had a doomsdayish feel to it.

People propaganda? I GUESS? There was a flyer that mentioned socialism and a recording that had changed the words of Battle Hymn of the Republic・(that was actually quite chilling and I enjoyed it a lot).

Soundtrack of stylish synthesizers? HELL YEAH! The soundtrack is the BEST. Absolutely fell in love with it and I don’t even have any feelings about synthesizers (neither hate nor love). SO SO GOOD.

Failed brutalist visions of the future? SURE. I don’t know much about architecture except that it makes for absolutely lovely photos, but the city that never was looks like brutalism to me, and again is super cool (and I really want to go take photos).

So I guess they lived up to their own description. Cool. The only thing I didn’t love about this film was the little plot it had (essentially a guy walks around an empty city, sees a Pepsi can, finds a guy that looks like those dudes from The Matrix・ there’s maybe two lines of dialogue, and then there’s a newspaper saying a comet is/was coming). It felt like all the time and energy went to the look and feel of the set, and the soundtrack (time and energy WELL spent), leaving a story I really wasn’t that engaged in. (It reminded me A LOT of Melancholia・at the end.) If the sumptuous background and delicious music hadn’t been there…I probably would have been bored to tears with this guy walking around. Maybe that’s the point though. Maybe it IS all about the look and feel, more than the actual story (it was an homage after all).

Either way, this film is beautiful to behold and absolutely divine to hear, so you NEED to go hunt it down. Like, now. Here’s a couple of hints to get you started down the right path: get more info on IMDB or follow the writer and director on Twitter!