By Owen Gleiberman
Updated May 09, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Day Night Day Night

type
  • Movie

A stunt masquerading as a statement. In Day Night Day Night, Julia Loktev’s maddeningly austere and self-important drama, an American woman (Luisa Williams), 19 years old, arrives in Manhattan to carry out a mission as a suicide bomber. Is she a homegrown Islamic terrorist? An especially irate lefty blogger? We’re never given a clue, so the whole It can happen here! scenario unfolds in a vague ”cautionary” vacuum. The silent preparatory rituals — meetings with hooded comrades, the strapping on of the bomb — culminate with a death walk, in real time, through Times Square, a sequence of the most purely opportunistic suspense.

Day Night Day Night

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • UNRATED
runtime
  • 94 minutes
director
  • Julia Loktev

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