Catch the clock and join the Letterboxd Showdown Poll “24 Hours: Best Movie Set in a Day.” All the movies included take place over his 24 hours (minus flashbacks), making time an ever-present and inevitable additional character.
Even if it’s set in a day in high school (where 24 hours feel like a lifetime and every event has such dramatic weight that it can change the course of your life), time is the same as the product. Even if it’s set in a robbery as precious as it gets stolen; time is the aggressor, the film heightens the drama and urgency, highlighting the difference that every action can make and the difference a day can make.
Ten “Dazed and Confused” (1993)
What could be a more dramatic, hormonal, and emotionally charged 24 hour than the last day of school? dazed and confused Gives viewers a brutal peek into the escalating events at a US high school. There are plenty of hazes and hijinks, and the ensemble cast shows different versions of how the last day of school will play out in the film.
Students at Lee High School in Austin, Texas in 1976 were easily voted “Most Likely to Succeed”, as many of the cast went on to great success afterward. Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey When Milla Jovovich They all come out and viewers only have 24 hours to find out about them, but the impression they leave lasts.
9 “Before Sunset” (2004)
9 years after the magical encounter in 1995 before sunriseJessie and Celine cross paths in Paris. before sunset It allows the audience to meet the characters again in an informal but intimate way. In response to the first film, this sequel feels like it was caught in a behind-the-scenes moment, or a reality show reunion episode.
A long shot following the couple unpacks the previous film under the guise of the couple discussing Jesse’s novel on the subject, making the audience feel like a very important part of the conversation. but audiences still recognize them. The beauty of a day device culminates here, and viewers will want more time to spend together.
8 “Afternoon of Dog Day” (1975)
dog day afternoon A true story of a bank robbery. Having lost his third of his robbery party in the first minute, going so far as to collect only $1,100 from the robbery, Sonny and Sal can’t take a day off. But with police pressure mounting, rooms full of hostages and streets of onlookers, time is of the essence.
Winner of Best Screenplay at the Academy Awards and Best Editing at the British Academy Film Awards, these two elements combine to create an unnerving atmosphere with palpable tension and the need for immediate action. .
7 “Reservoir Dogs” (1992)
Is time ever more sensitive than when someone has blood on the floor and the cops are very likely about to jump out the door? reservoir dog It takes place on the day of the Diamond Heist, but the chapters of the day are cleverly revealed in a non-linear way.
Some characters are given context in flashbacks to establish their relationship with the robbery. That’s when the anxiety of not knowing if there is, who it could be, or whether anyone will make it out alive – the film’s delicate impetus.
6 “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Bomb (1964)
The Cold War has kept Americans in a state of unease for decades, and the ever-present possibility of nuclear annihilation created long-standing anxiety. Dr. StrangeloveA U.S. general launches an airborne attack on the Soviet Union, and a group of useless politicians, military personnel, and scientists grope and grope to thwart the attack and prevent its inevitable global destruction. To do.
Baring the silly minds of the men at the helm, and the absolutely ridiculous reality that in movies the world can be just moments away from disaster, makes for delicious dark comedy. Doubly terrifying and hilarious, the fate of a world is in the hands of a twisted and ill-equipped human caricature, and the time the world has to solve its problems is ticking at an alarming rate. increase.
Five “Before Sunrise” (1995)
Two strangers meet on a train in Vienna and decide to stay together until they inevitably part ways. Celine has to take the morning train to Paris and Jesse is due back to the US. The time they spend together from the moment they meet is limited.
The awareness that they only have one day together hangs in the air, making the day feel otherworldly. masu – it’s romantic, but in a strange way. , before sunrise Well worth the time together.
Four “The Breakfast Club” (1985)
Time passes very slowly in high school – especially In detention. Watching the clock is an elective that every student reluctantly enrolls at some point. But if a day’s forced confinement becomes an opportunity to share, be hurt, and learn about people instead of algebraic equations, it can be a powerful and more lasting lesson.
That’s the story breakfast clubFive teenagers from different subcultures of the campus ecosystem spend Saturdays in jail. What seems like a waste of time at first, becomes a playground for sharing, connecting, and learning not to judge a book by its cover.
3 “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)
Life changes fast, and Ferris Bueller is determined to make the most of each day. Throwing off the oppressive shackles of boring high school years, Ferris takes his best friend and girlfriend on an adventure. Museums, sumptuous lunches, driving an immaculate Ferrari and crashing a street parade are just a few of the fantastic itineraries.
He has to get home before his parents realize the ruse, so the best days no one has ever had in high school are on deadline. is a teenage dream. ferris buehler holiday People of all ages are loved 24 hours a day.
2 “12 Angry Men” (1957)
Time is of the essence, life is at stake. 12 angry menBefore leaving the deliberation room, jurors in murder cases must make a unanimous decision beyond reasonable doubt, regardless of each person’s prejudices. It is up to one juror with reasonable doubt to uphold his verdict and convince the rest of the angry men.
The film is an emotional roller coaster within a grueling schedule and speaks to the value of standing up for one’s beliefs, especially in the face of prejudice. gradually shrinking the space between men in the time it takes to change the stubborn minds of
1 “Die Hard” (1988)
A lot can happen in a few hours. Security codes can be broken, terrorist plots can go awry, marriages can be saved, and your clean white singlet can turn into a completely different color. So are fan-favorite unconventional Christmas movies. die hard.
On Christmas Eve, as a group of thieves take over the Nakatomi Building and rob it of its wealth, viewers are treated to solid reasons not to attend work Christmas parties again. Bruce Willis be invited. Set in a macabre minor scale version of the Christmas classic, it boasts massive body counts. die hard Present a version of how robbery and work go wrong.
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