Daylight (1996)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Disaster Film  |   Release Date - Dec 6, 1996 (USA)  |   Run Time - 115 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Karl Williams

The disaster and action genres meet in this Sylvester Stallone vehicle that hews closely to the structure of his last successful motion picture, Cliffhanger (1993). Character cliches abound, wooden dialogue is the order of the day, and telegraphed plot points proliferate in this by-the-numbers "entertainment." Viewers are asked to accept a number of preposterous assertions in the screenplay by Leslie Bohem. Among them -- that New York City's emergency management officials will be unable to function at all in a real-life disaster, that a sole EMT worker (and a disgraced one at that) is the only man for the job of saving trapped civilians (hasn't the world seen enough photos of disasters to know that hundreds of rescue workers would quickly spring into action?), and that such an event could seal off both ends of a Hudson River tunnel. There are many more moronic artistic choices in Daylight, but many of them (especially one involving rats) would constitute revealing spoilers. Suffice it to say that the malarkey quickly becomes hip-deep in this waste of valuable cinematic resources. Bohem would go on to repeat many of the same storytelling sins the following year in Dante's Peak (1997).