Reviewed byClaudio CarvalhoVote: 5/10/10
In a near future in New York, the (north) American society is ruled bya totalitarian government. In order to control AIDS, the HIV positivecitizens are tattooed with a P on the chest and sent to quarantine.
When the teenager Blue (Moira Kelly) accompanies her best friend Laurie(Martha Plimpton) to a government clinic for examination, they areadvised on the street by the boy Willie (Amir Williams) to not go tothe place. While in the waiting room, Blue and Laurie witness thetreatment of the staff to an old lady and they decide to get out fromthe clinic. They are chased by security guards but Willie brings themto his brother Torch (Cuba Gooding Jr.) that hides and protects thegirls.
Blue learns that Torch is the leader of an underground movement ofresistance and the government quarantine is a sham and the patients areleft to die in starvation. Blue falls in love with Torch and joins themovement. When Torch is arrested by the police, he is submitted to atest and finds that he is positive. He is sent to quarantine and Bluetries to find a way to meet him.
"Daybreak" is HBO film with a promising beginning, with a societycontrolled by a fascist government and a group of resistance that helpsthe sick people, giving dignity to them. The idea of resistance againsta government is not original, but is usually engaging. Unfortunatelythere is a twist and the story changes to an annoying melodrama betweenthe negative Blue and the positive Torch. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Amanhecer Sem Futuro" ("Dawning without Future")
Reviewed bybob-790-196018Vote: 4/10/10
This 1993 movie is one of a long line of dystopian (also called "awfulwarning") stories. In this case one of the key ideas that makedystopias interesting--a fascist government using paranoia to keep themasses in line--is swamped by the romance between Cuba Gooding andMoira Kelly. Of course there is a place for love in such astory--remember Winston Smith and Julia in Nineteen Eight-Four--but inDaybreak the love story eventually overwhelms everything else, andideas go out the window.
The treatment of the disease that is supposedly rampant in thisnear-future world is ambiguous. No, the disease doesn't seem like AIDS,but it's unclear just what it is, how much of the population isafflicted by it, and whether or not it is really deadly. At times, youget the sense that the government invented the disease to spread fearamong the people, but, then again, clearly some of the people in themovie are sick. It's all sort of confusing.
Cuba Gooding's character is one-dimensional. At first he's very angryand refuses to have anything to do with Moira Kelly. Then, aw shucks,he is forced to admit he really loves her. Moira Kelly's character issemi-believable. To me, however, the really interesting character isthat played by Martha Plimpton, who makes the character come alive andhas a very interesting face in the bargain.
Somewhere in this movie is a good idea that never manages to breakfree.
Reviewed byEdvardovVote: 10/10/10
I just rented this and I can't believe how moving it is. And how greatCuba and Moira are. Cuba maybe better than in anything else exceptJerry Maguire. And also Omar Epps. He makes such a great villain!!! Andthe guy from Sex in the City--David Eigenberg--so helpless and lost andtrying to find his way. Martha Plimpton was also awesome--complicatedand conflicted and sad. She and Moira---you really believed they werebest friends. Also one of the best kid performances I've ever seen. Thestory grabbed me and carried me along and I can't believe it was onlymade for television, I know that this is a story that will stay withme. Also the whole way it looked, the way the city felt, made me feellike I was right there living it with the characters. Bravo to allinvolved!
Drama based on Alan Bowne's play Beirut, takes place in the decrepit New York City of the near future, controlled by a fascistic government.