The Day Shall Come trailer: Four Lions director Chris Morris satirises the War on Terror

The Day Shall Come (2019)
Dir: Christopher Morris | Cast: Anna Kendrick, Denis O'Hare, Jim Gaffigan, Kayvan Novak | Writers: Christopher Morris, Jesse Armstrong, Sean Gray (additional material by), Tony Roche (additional material by)

From Brass Eye to Four Lions, Chris Morris has consistently remained one of the funniest writer/directors around. Frustratingly for some, he chooses his projects very carefully, which means we only get to enjoy his work sporadically. His second film as director, The Day Shall Come, follows similar themes to Four Lions, instead transplanting the terrorist story over to the US. The sad thing is, as ludicrous as the plot sounds, it is actually based on a number of true stories that have occurred over the past two decades. So far it has picked up strong reviews on the festival circuit and we have a feeling this is also likely to show up at the London Film Festival in October. Watch the first trailer for The Day Shall Come above.

The Day Shall Come reflects how institutionalized paranoia corrupts our thinking. Throughout the West, the Global War on Terror, now so baked in it no longer requires a name, has eroded freedoms it was declared to protect. The film tells the story of a person walking blind into a false reality programmed to blow up in his face. That person is a fringe preacher called Moses. The false reality is created by the FBI and written like a script. Moses has no idea this is happening or that their plotline ends with him in jail. With his wife Venus, Moses runs a mission offering local youth salvation through religion, education, self-empowerment and farming. Their hero is the Haitian slave rebel General Toussaint. This is their life, these are their troubles. Here is Moses preaching on Facebook Live about righting the wrongs of history. Here is the FBI watching him, wondering if he is a threat, asking themselves a question that leads only one way: What if we do nothing - and this guy tries to destroy America with his army of four grown-ups and a kid?

Anna Kendrick leads the cast, with Marchánt Davis, Kayvan Novak, Danielle Brooks, Michael Braun and Denis O'Hare also starring.

The Day Shall Comes opens in US cinemas on September 27 and in the UK on October 11.

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