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Any Day DVD Review

Any Day DVD

“Any Day” is unconvincing in every way.

The story: After beating a man to death, Vian gets 12 years in jail. Upon release, the ex-boxer and former alcoholic is feeling rather lost and is unsure of what to do next. One thing is for certain; he wants and needs to turn his life around.  Out of desperation, he stays with his sister (Bethley) and her son (Jimmy) while trying to find work. He eventually lands a job at a pizza place and even begins dating a woman (Jolene). Alas, Vian’s good fortune blows up in his face as his life begins to implode once again. Can Vian work through his issues or will his mistakes doom his life once again?

I should start out by saying that I have nothing against faith based films. While few of them are what I consider to be good cinema, I do appreciate the fact that they explore important themes of redemption, pain, and so forth. With all of that said, “Any Day” is the type of faith based movie that makes me roll my eyes and say “Give me a break.”

Even though my tidy plot summary makes “Any Day” sound like an engaging drama, it is the farthest thing from it. From the stilted dialogue and the unintentionally obnoxious Jimmy character to the the complete waste of talent and the fact that Vian essentially stalks a woman into dating him, writer/director Rustam Branaman’s film is the faith based equivalent of “Birdemic” (minus the campy fun).

Going back to the talent, it is absolutely mindblowing to me how known actors (namely Sean Bean, Kate Walsh, Eva Longoria and Tom Arnold) became attached to this project. Bean’s involvement in particular is completely baffling to me. Why is he in this? What is with that scary accent he concocted for Vian? How can he deliver these corny lines with a straight face? The world may never know.


Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? In a word, decent.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? In a word, adequate.

The only extras are Anchor Bay trailers.

Overall Thoughts: “Any Day” should be a contender for the “How Did This Get Made?” podcast, but that is the question that haunted me from start to finish.

August 1, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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