Addressing issues of sexual responsibility, truthfulness and labels, The 24th Day is
an intelligent suspense film with the addition of the pleasing scenery provided by Scott Speedman and James
Marsden. While the plot is mildly reminiscent of mainstream films such as Misery, director
Piccirillo places much of the responsibility for the tension upon revelations of the humanness of the characters as
opposed to the ways in which they deviate from the norm.
The film also gives us a fresh angle on HIV/AIDS, exploring the intersection of the rational and irrational
fears associated with the diagnosis. Its messages are clear yet subtle. In other words, this is an
“adult” film in the most apt sense; it is mature. That alone ought to be sufficient for you to add it to your
“must see” list.