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Comes a Bright Day (2012)

Comes a Bright Day



Thriller, Drama

Release Date

July 13, 2012 (UK)


91 min.


Strand Releasing

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Simon Aboud


Christine Alderson


Simon Aboud



An offbeat, coming-of age love-story set during the armed robbery of London's most exclusive jewellers. Sometimes funny, often dark, always captivating and never what you expect.

SAM SMITH (Craig Roberts) is twenty, bright, ambitious and notunattractive; so earning minimum wage as a bellboy at a 5* luxuryhotel isn't where he wants to be; running a restaurant with his bestfriend ELLIOT is. He has the people skills, the business plan andthe best young chef around, but with a chronic fear of rejection helacks those vital investors to make the dream a reality.

MARY BRIGHT (Imogen Poots) is as radiantly beautiful as the jewellery she sells in Clara, London's most discerning jewellers. Butlooks aren't everything. For Mary life is about so much more than material wealth and she's ready to turn her back on London andescape to the other side of the world.

When Sam meets Mary in the cafe where Elliot works he is very quickly and very truly smitten. Every other plan and thought goesout of the window as he fights to overcome his fear of rejection and follows Mary back to Clara with the intention of asking her outon a date. Unbeknown to Sam, armed thieves CAMERON (KevinMcKidd) and CLEGG (Josef Altin) also have an appointment at Clara and aren't planning on leaving without the million pound Stahl Papillon brooch. With the panic button pressed and armed response units swarming into the area Sam, Mary and belligerent, elderly shop owner CHARLIE (Timothy Spall) are taken hostage.

Under extreme threat and with constant twists and turns, what follows puts each of the characters and their short falls under persistent examination. This is a love story that undergoes the severest trial and sacrifice. For all of them, searching for the hidden gem reveals truths that will make their lives infinitely richer.

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“..ambitious but flawed heist-cum-love story..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]
“..with a threadbare, episodic plot, thin characters and uninspired dialogue, this soon outstays its welcome..”
by Tom Huddleston [Time Out London]
“..movie looks good, but also, cliched and the tiniest bit smug..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]