The most spectacular explosion in a tunnel ever filmed … and that’s only the beginning!
Ever since the 1950s they’ve been terrorizing actors on the silver screen in big expensive blockbusters. Very often hundreds of thousands of people fall victim to mother nature or some other devastating force in these types of movies. Also, the careers of young, eager actors are cut short after one sentence when they’re sacrificed for viewing pleasure by a whirling tornado, groundbreaking (both in nature and special effects) earthquake or a bone marrow-freezing climate change.
But it doesn’t always have to go down the same way. Proof of that is the mid-’90s action movie Daylight with Sylvester Stallone starring as the lone hero. A small amount of people are trapped in a tunnel, which signifies their deaths unless they can figure a way out of there. By themselves, the people are as good as dead. Luckily, Sylvester Stallone is also trapped in the same tunnel …
The man with many muscles plays a cab driver who instantly transforms into some sort of a Rambo when the tunnel collapses.
As it usually goes with Sly-movies, it’s best not to pay too much attention at the story (because there ain’t none) or the acting performances (because they’re nothing special). Best is just to sit back and relax. You’ll smile a toothpaste-white grin watching our hero Syllie Stallone save pretty much everyone from certain death.
At first, Daylight appears to be another bland straight-to-video downpour of a movie, but it’s not. It’s a fun action movie that’ll entertain you non-stop. Some scenes are so exciting, they leave you breathless …
Much like 99% of all disaster movies, the simple story gets going after the first of many catastrophes hits the silver screen. For a minute or so, a cataclysmic inferno blazes through the tunnel like hellfire, ripping its way through an endless line of stationary cars with an unforeseeable force as if those cars were made out of plastic. Metal is shriveled, secondary characters are burnt alive and debris the size of Luxembourg comes crushing down on anyone who’s not fast enough to head for safety.
One particular scene shows how a happy couple ducks in their car whilst a gigantic ocean of fire takes hold of everything in its path. Spectacular isn’t nearly strong enough a word. Suffocatingly realistic would be a better way to describe such moments …
As mentioned before, the main part is played by none other than Sylvester Stallone who, much like his Austrian equivalent, Arnold Schwarzenegger, proves that the lack of true acting ability is never an excuse to keep you from entertaining the wits out of your audience. Sometimes people just want to enter a simplistic world where pretty much everything works out for the best. A plain, old action movie where you never have to use your brains to figure stuff out … and that is precisely the kind of movie Daylight is too!
Acting safely by his broad-shouldered side is actress Amy Brenneman who has the sort of face you might remember seeing somewhere before, but where exactly? No need to rattle your brain. After a quick search on the internet, we discovered the lady played girlfriend to Robert De Niro in the crime-masterpiece Heat.
In this movie however – ironically enough – she has a far more prominent role (whereas in Heat she was only allowed to smile once or twice) – and if she doesn’t have a fistfight with a couple of dirty rats or cockroaches, she’s dangling from a broken electrical wire like some sexy version of Jane Jungle.
As a bonus to appeal more fans – which this movie surely doesn’t need – there’s a bunch of surprise visits from famous faces. There’s Viggo Mortensen for example. Back in the early ’90s, he wasn’t a big-shot yet and the future Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings had to settle for minor bit parts.
Last but not least, there is also Dan Hedaya who is easily identifiable with his unmistakably Al Capone-face. The man has had so many secondary roles in so many great movies, you might think he doesn’t like to be top-dog in terms of ‘who gets payed first and most?’ In other words, why he was never able to grab a main part in a movie is beyond me. In movies like Commando, The Addams family and The usual suspects he peeps around the corner, if only for a short while.
A funny side-note, Dan Hedaya plays the part of Jackie Brown in — no, not the Quentin Tarantino movie — but Ransom.
did you know?
Sylvester Stallone’s son, Sage Stallone, plays the character Vincent in this movie.
Give it to me straight:
Daylight is your typical, legitimate disaster movie that takes a fire-start like a rocket by first introducing a whole bunch of people, quickly followed by serving these people up as barbecue meat for your viewing pleasure, once the disaster hits town!
Whilst the movie may borrow an idea or two from past disaster blockbusters, the overall atmosphere is quite original and very captivating! The big BANG! which officially launches the movie is extremely entertaining to watch and the Visual Effects-team for this movie deserve all credit … and perhaps even a standing ovation.
Sylvester Stallone sucks as an actor, but he has the charm – and that’s eventually what counts! – thus he claims full limelight with his over-the-top, cliche performance as the bodybuilding, mumbling, lone underdog-hero. I guess it never gets old watching him save people and do amazing stunts like lifting up a car …