30 Days

"Very Good"

30 Days Review


Well, we all heard how bad 28 Days was, so coming into 30 Days, you might just wonder what added torture they could pack into the extra two. Thank God, 30 Days isn't 28 Days' cheap sequel. It's not 28 Days' evil twin. It's not even a distant cousin.

Instead of being a schlock comedy about drug rehab, 30 Days is an always smart, often thoughtful film about detachment, breaking up, true love, and how all doesn't always turn out for the best.

Jordan (Ben Shenkman) and Sarah (Arija Bareikis) are a pair of upper-middle class New Yorkers. Jordan co-owns and operates a liquor store. Sarah is a publicist. Set up by friends, Jordan and Sarah end up sleeping together because Jordan can't remember the name of a girl he slept with.

By the time you reach this event, you can be pretty damn sure that this isn't going to be your run-of-the-mill romance... Or is it?

Sure, the average studio flick won't have a relationship that breaks up because the man asks the woman to marry her, but this kind of thing is definitely a trend in the indie world. Aaron Harnick himself was in a similar movie by the name of Judy Berlin just prior to directing 30 Days. It's becoming as clear-cut and predictable as studio films are criticized for being for... studio will tend to mean a happy ending and independent will tend to mean a ponderous, and consequently, unhappy ending.

The result is that 30 Days is a calculated fiscal risk... low investment for a slightly higher gain.

Regardless of the fact that we've thought the same thing a hundred times before, 30 Days still gives that wonderful illusion of originality that allows us to enjoy it guilt-free. It might not have anything actually new to put into the debate about male-female relationships, but it does its business in a way that is entertaining and offers a few new jokes, not to mention a final shot so unorthodox you have to laugh.

30 Days is moderately well acted, moderately well directed, and moderately well filmed. Its psuedo-originality manages to make this otherwise midlist picture into an enjoyable, thoughtful one worth your $10 if you like independent films, though it would be better placed as a video rental (or even a buy).



30 Days

Facts and Figures

Run time: 60 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 15th June 2005

Box Office Worldwide: $5M

Budget: $500 thousand

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 8.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Jamal Boy, as Donnell, as Maura, as Kamesha, Joseph Simmons as Himself, Roscoe Orman as Jo Jo, A. Rahman Yoba as Blood

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Colossal Movie Review

Colossal Movie Review

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a...

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword Movie Review

It's unlikely that Guy Ritchie could make a boring movie if he wanted to. This...

Snatched Movie Review

Snatched Movie Review

It doesn't really matter that the script for this lively action-comedy is paper thin: teaming...

Jawbone Movie Review

Jawbone Movie Review

Boxing movies aren't usually this thoughtful. Sure, there are plenty of punchy moments in the...

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Whisky Galore! Movie Review

Scottish filmmaker Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) remakes the 1949 Ealing comedy classic, although it's difficult...

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Alien: Covenant Movie Review

Master filmmaker Ridley Scott is back to continue the story 10 years after the events...

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

The Journey (2017) Movie Review

A fictionalised account of real events, this drama is reminiscent of Peter Morgan's work in...

Advertisement
Sleepless Movie Review

Sleepless Movie Review

In remaking the 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, the filmmakers have dumbed down both the...

Unlocked Movie Review

Unlocked Movie Review

By injecting a steady sense of fun, this slick but mindless action thriller both holds...

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

Lady Macbeth Movie Review

A seriously impressive feature directing debut with a star-making central performance, this period British drama...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Promise Movie Review

The Promise Movie Review

The director of Hotel Rwanda, Terry George, turns to another humanitarian horror: the systematic murder...

Their Finest Movie Review

Their Finest Movie Review

Skilfully written, directed and acted, this offbeat British period film tells a story that catches...

Unforgettable Movie Review

Unforgettable Movie Review

With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.