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The 24th Day (2004)

 (บรรยายอังกฤษ)


Directer: Tony Piccirillo 

Writter:Tony Piccirillo

Running time: 92 min

Country: USA

Language: English
Genre:
Thriller

Subtitle: English
Starring:
James Marsden, Scott Speedman and Sofía Vergara



    
ภาพยนตร์เกย์แนวทริลเลอร์ กักขังหน่วงเหนี่ยวว่าด้วยโรคเอดส์ ที่นำแสดงโดย James Marsden (จาก X-Men) และ Scott Speedman (จากซีรี่ Felicity) เอาใจช่วยและตามลุ้นกับการขับเขี้ยวของทั้งคู่ ในบทบาทการแสดงครั้งสำคัญที่เต็มไปด้วยพลัง The 24th Day (2004)

 

Tom (Speedman) and Dan''s (Marsden) one-night stand turns into an intense power-play between captor and captive.

Hollywood hunks James Marsden ("X-Men") and Scott Speedman (WB''s "Felicity") are hoping to get a critical career push with "The 24th Day." The independent movie features the two budding actors in a break-out performance that might shed their pretty boy image.

The movie tells the story of Tom (Scott Speedman), a married metrosexual who has lived his life as straight. It has been 24 days since Tom finds out he is HIV-positive. Consumed with sorrow and rage about his situation, Tom kidnaps Dan (James Marsden), the only man he''s ever slept with and the person he believes is responsible for giving him the virus. Tom threatens to kill Dan if the HIV he administers comes back positive.

Tom''s violent kidnapping of Dan and Tom''s murderous threats clearly pass the bounds of legal and rational behavior. And yet, if Tom''s conviction about Dan is true, then Dan is accountable for more than a minor moral lapse.

The suspense-filled movie is based on a play that director Tony Piccirillo wrote for an acting class in the 1990s.

You''ll be disappointed if you''re hoping to watch Speedman and Marsden make out in this movie. The indie drama does not feature any intimate moments between the two actors to not take away from the dramatic suspense. Speedman says in an interview with the Cinema Source that he wouldn’t have had a problem with getting a bit closer to Marsden.

The film has met mixed reviews ye Bloggers have embraced the movie simply because "hot boys who can act are a rare breed."
 



Intelligent Tale of Sexual Responsibility

This is another film I purchased without knowing a thing about it, and wound up being quite glad I did. The premise of this film had me on the edge of my seat from the very first gut-wrenching conflict, in a film that was filled to the brim with gut-wrenching conflicts. The acting of both principals in this essentially two-character piece was first rate, and helped to elevate it high above most standard gay-themed fare. But what really made this picture superior to 90% of the gay titles I''ve purchased in the past year was the confrontation of real issues that gay men should be discussing, but frequently shy away from. Without giving away the plot, let me say that almost every minute of the taught, carefully crafted script is imbued with thoughtful discussion on issues that are all to frequently ignored by sexually active gay men. I didn''t see the ending coming at all, and the ultimate, positive and healthy message – that everyone is responsible for their own conduct, and the consequences thereof – is one that too many people don''t seem to get, in my observation. In a world where the madness of barebacking and substance abuse is decimating the gay urban male population, the lesson of this film is one that every gay man needs to consider, if not embrace wholeheartedly. Good god! A gay drama that dares to address and discuss sexual responsibility in an adult manner! What will they think of next?
 


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James Marsden and Scott Speedman spending the entire movie in close proximity, with one of them tied to a chair, oozing plenty of homoerotic tension from start to finish - sounds like a great movie, you say? Unfortunately, The 24th Day isn''t that movie. This drama, which is based on the play of the same name, ultimately loses focus of what message it intends to deliver to the audience and ends up a rather bewildering mess of a movie.

The story is like this. Tom, a policeman, and Dan, a flamboyant Hollywood studio type, had a one-night stand five years ago. Tom had never cheated on his wife apart from this one time, but sometimes once is enough when his wife realized that she was somehow HIV+ and died in a car accident subsequently. That happened just 24 days before this movie takes place. Tom, filled with guilt, realizes that Dan must have transmitted the virus to him. He lures Dan, who doesn''t recognize him, into his apartment under the pretense of a fling and then ties the man up and forcibly extracts Dan''s blood to be sent to a lab for testing. As they wait for the results to arrive, the two men have a long of things to catch up on. Not that Dan will take his situation lying down - he begins trying to convince Tom that his wife probably cheated on him and got the disease from someone else. Lots of scenarios are tossed about but it is only in the final moments of this movie will the audience get any confirmation about who is telling the truth and who is delusional.

James Marsden embraces his role as the smooth-talking playboy the way a cat takes to cream - his Dan is a compelling character who can talk and talk until I am not sure whether he''s bluffing or not. On the other hand, Scott Speedman is terribly miscast. Sure, he has a cute Boy Scout face that works well when he has to play nice guy roles, but Tom is supposed to a desperate and very angry man looking for someone to blame for his wife''s death. Mr Speedman doesn''t manage to make his Tom stand out - he is overshadowed by James Marsden to an embarrassing degree. Even more problematic is how he has so little chemistry with Mr Marsden in those flashback scenes that it is nearly impossible to imagine that Tom and Dan could ever get together that one time for a one-night stand. Mr Speedman plays Tom like the straightest boy next door in the world pretending to be gay.

The 24th Day is also a very preachy movie in a most confusing manner. Dan becomes a mouthpiece for issues like bisexuality, gay acceptance, and AIDS but it seems like the people behind the script forget that we are talking about a possible HIV+ fellow who insists on having unsafe sex with his partners. Am I supposed to take anything that Dan says seriously when he''s this kind of character in this movie? I''d expect the message of this movie to be more on safe sex but instead the script is all about raging against society and its treatment of gay community. That''s a fine message in any other movie, but definitely not in this movie, not when someone like Dan is doing all that preaching. In fact, with Dan being the one on the soapbox, this movie is in danger of delivering a message that is the opposite of what it is trying to say!

A muddled movie that doesn''t seem to know what it wants to say, The 24th Day is nonetheless pretty watchable. Let''s face it, we have two handsome guys on screen all the time, with plenty of close-up on their faces... what''s not to love, eh? Only, I find it harder than I''d initially expected to take this movie as seriously as it wants me to.

 


 



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