Lucky Day is a 2019 action crime film directed and written by Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, The Rules of Attraction, Silent Hill, and Beowulf). It was produced by Samuel Hadida (True Romance, Necronomicon: Book of Dead, Freeway 1/2, Spider, Resident Evil franchise, and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) and Don Carmody (Shivers, Rabid, Terror Train, Porky’s 1/2, The Boondock Saints 1/2, Wrong Turn, 54, and Battlefield Earth). It’s considered to be a very loose sequel of Killing Zoe. It grossed $52,369 at the box office. Australian former safecracker Red (played by: Luke Bracey from Point Break, Hacksaw Ridge, American Dream, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation) is released from prison after two years, Red reconnects with his wife Chloe (played by: Nina Dobrev from The Final Girls, Flatliners, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and their daughter “Bea” Beatrice (played by: Ella Ryan Quinn from Odd Squad). His former colleague Le Roi (played by: Clé Bennett from Urban Legend, Jigsaw, Bait, and Heroes Reborn) has been holding $500,000 in untraceable bearer bonds for him from their last heist in his pawn shop’s hidden basement. Red’s parole officer DPO Ernesto Sanchez (played by: Clifton Collins Jr. from Westworld, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, Crank: High Voltage, and Traffic) remains suspicious of him and Le Roi. Psychopathic contract killer Luc (played by: Crispin Glover from Willard, River’s Edge, Back to the Future franchise, Smiley Face Killers, American Gods, The Wizard of Gore, Simon Says, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Wild at Heart, The Doors, and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) enters the country searching for Red.
While acquiring weaponry, associate Jean-Jacques (played by: Tomer Sisley from We’re the Millers, Sleepless Night, The Burma Conspiracy, and Balthazar) explains to his friends which includes Pierre (played by: Roberto Campanella from Beauty and the Beast, Silent Hill, Silent Hill: Revelation, and IT) and Louis (played by: Mark Dacascos from John Wick 3, Double Dragon, Batman: Soul of the Dragon, and The Crow: Stairway to Heaven) that Luc is in charge of “retirement” for “the Commission” and that they should be as terrified of him. Chloe’s boss Derrek Blarney (played by: David Hewlett from Cube, The Shape of Water, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Scanners II: The New Order) attempts to proposition her, only for her to reveal that Red has been released from prison. Outraged at the rejection, Derrek threatens to take back the loan Chloe has been living off of since Red’s incarceration if she does not sell any paintings that night. This causes major problems and Red is forced to get his hands dirty again. The blood thirsty Luc is looking for revenge against Red for personal reasons. The sneaky Ernesto Sanchez is watching all of them for a hopeful big payout. All of these slimy characters end up running into each other after their hectic day. Who will get out alive with all this gun power and chaos around????
Lucky Day for the most part is an slightly above average independent crime film but it does have it’s moments and a great character in this. Roger Avary is a Oscar winning screenwriter but don’t expect his best work here. He delivers a solid script that really shines for a certain character here but most of the others are your standard roles in this type of movie. It does have some flashy and creative dialogue every once in awhile but it’s definitely missing that classic Tarantino touch to it. Speaking of QT, the music and soundtrack here gives off a Pulp Fiction vibe at times and it seems like Avery is trying to relive his glory days in cinema with this one. Lucky Day has all kinds of gunplay, violence, and action so it’s a very entertaining experience. The body count is decent in this. Luke Bracey is solid as the lead but he doesn’t stand out much here. Crispin Glover is the reason to watch Lucky Day, this is his best performance in a long time. His character Luc is batshit crazy and one of the best hitman roles when it comes to movies in forever. He steals every scene that he is in here and the best thing about this entire production. The supporting cast has more than a few known actors in this that includes Nina Dobrev, Clé Bennett, Clifton Collins Jr., David Hewlett, and Mark Dacascos. Unfortunately, most of them are wasted here and they are basically extended cameos. This is supposed to be a semi sequel to Killing Zoe but it’s extremely loose when it comes to that connection so don’t get too excited about that information. Lucky Day won’t ever be consider a classic crime feature like some of Avary’s other work which includes Pulp Fiction and the highly under-rated Killing Zoe but it’s still very fun, RECOMMENDED!!!! Let’s talk about the high definition presentation from Lionsgate! This 1080p (2.40:1) transfer looks stunning especially for being a lower budget crime flick. It has a variety of nice locations for it’s crazy and outrageous day. The English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track sounds awesome here. Lucky Day has lots of action and bullets in it so those parts really shine here. All of the dialogue is very clean and the music has a killer boost to it. It has English SDH and Spanish subtitles. Unfortunately, there’s no extras on here besides upcoming “Trailers” from Lionsgate. It also has a slipcover and a digital code. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!