Daylight is an action/disaster film released in December of 1996 and starring Sylvester Stallone. Rob Cohen directs the film, who also worked on the first “Fast and the Furious” film as well as two Triple X instalments. The film co-stars a then relatively unknown Viggo Mortensen as-well as Amy Brenneman and Stallone’s son Sage Stallone, who also acted with his father in Rocky V. Despite being a complete washout with the critics, and a huge flop in the USA, only grossing $33 million, it was surprisingly popular overseas. Daylight has grossed approximately $159 million worldwide, and usually gets high ratings when screened on television.
An accidental explosion rips through a jammed commuter tunnel beneath the Hudson River between Manhattan and New Jersey, sealing off both ends and trapping a diverse band of survivors inside. A disgraced former emergency medical services chief called Kit Latura (Stallone) manages to reach them and struggles through fire, noxious, gases, explosions, collapsing walls, massive flooding and rats to lead them to daylight. There is tension in the group, and people are starting to deteriorate and Kit is subject to insults and injuries from the group, although he does seem to gradually earn there trust with every obstacle he aids them to overcome.
There are many flaws with Daylight, and some of the criticism it has received has been deserved. The plot and story themselves are bearable despite being extremely over the top, there was clearly a large budget used for some great special effects, but I feel that it was wasted. Director Rob Cohen tried to cram as many disastrous explosions and obstacles that the film became far too unbelievable. Like the effects, the acting was also over the top, Stallone wasn’t at his best, to say the least, and his support wasn’t much better unfortunately. However despite my criticism, Daylight is highly enjoyable even if it isn’t good, if you can accept that it’s a cheesy, gung-ho, over the top film that contains a lot of action then you’ll enjoy the film.