Daylight

6 out of 10

Daylight Well, I know that Stallone is 50 years old now, but in Daylight he doesn’t look it! Daylight is a great disaster movie. If you’ve seen Cliffhanger, you’ll know Stallone’s character already. A guy with a bad past, but is in the right place at the wrong time. A tunnel connecting New York and New Jersey has both sides collapses when a group of robbers collide with a truck carrying very flammable toxic waste. A dozen or so people survive the collapses and the incinerating fireball (and what a fire ball it was!) Stallone, a former Emergency Medical Service man, is chauffeuring a rich couple around, when they reach the outside of the tunnel, before the explosion. Then, 30 minutes into the movie, BOOM!

From here on, the plot takes a back seat, and we are treated to some of the best camera work and action staged. Most all the action is plausible and will you at the edge of your seat. There are a few melodramatic parts here, but, they tend to work out well. There is no general antagonist in this film, but the action and suspense makes you forget all about that.

Daylight is a great film, I saw a non-matinee showing of it, and I thought it was worth every penny. The characterizations are mostly flat, one dimesional, but they have enough in them to get you to care for some of the characters. Rob Cohen (Dragonheart) does a great job with this film.

March 25, 2022

This is an update to my old review of Daylight after watching it again. Daylight is a classic 90’s film with all the trappings of a 90’s film – such as the right guy in the wrong place at the right time and the action hero that gives uplifting speeches (we get two of them in Daylight!).

Apparently Young Mookie (25 years ago) enjoyed Daylight a lot more than the current modern Mookie.

Daylight is still an entertaining movie full of drama and melodrama. Daylight has held up well over the last 25 years. The special effects are still decent. As a disaster film, Daylight is memorable for its concept of a disaster in a manmade tunnel.

Scientific Mookie will note that the explosion at the beginning of the film should have killed everyone in the tunnel, it would have sucked up all the oxygen and instantly killed everyone — dark, I know.

I have no idea why I put a 9 out of 10 rating on the film when moving it to the current movie review site. I dropped the rating of Daylight to a more reasonable 6 out of 10.

Watched at home on Blu-ray.