YOUR LUCKY DAY
Starring: Angus Cloud, Jessica Garza, Jason O’Mara, Elliot Knight, Mousa Hussein Kraish, Jason Wiles, Sebastian Sozzi, and Sterling Beaumon
Director: Dan Brown
The headlines from Your Lucky Day likely will be focused on the late Angus Cloud in one of his final roles (one that is very similar to his character, Fezco, on Euphoria), but the film as a whole deserves to be commended. The story delves into how greed affects those from all different walks of life and how strong one’s morals truly are. It will probably force you to ask yourself some questions as well. The ensemble cast brings a sense of realism to the proceedings, which only helps build the tension in this taut thriller that warrants some more recognition.
With a simple but interesting premise and an appropriately grimy sheen, Your Lucky Day does enough to keep you engaged throughout due to its solid performances, tense moments, and intriguing questions posed. I mean, where would your morality end if it possibly meant you’d become a millionaire? Also, since most press has focused on this being the late Angus Cloud’s final role, I figure I must address it: He’s fine, perhaps even good, but he’s essentially playing the same character he did on Euphoria. In fact, if you imagine that his nameless character here actually is Fezco, it kinda feels like a Euphoria side quest.
Your Lucky Day is a gripping, fast-paced thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Alongside tense action and gritty violence, it confronts the failings of a system that enables corruption and forces struggling people to do unthinkable things to access a better life. Although the script sometimes hinders the pace, the characters are compelling enough, and the way in which their morally complex motivations are slowly revealed throughout the film is very engaging. Plus, Angus Cloud is perfectly cast as Sterling, giving a genuine, charismatic performance reminiscent of Fezco from Euphoria.
Your Lucky Day is a hot-blooded thriller that shows us how quickly people will throw their values and morals out the window when given a chance at wealth. Director Dan Brown succeeds where similar films fall short by letting the characters shine. While the suspense builds throughout this flick, it will leave viewers on the edge of their seats wondering who is going to come out on top. The ending may be a little far-fetched and some motivations can feel a little forced, but I was mostly on board with this tense gem.
This film was reviewed by Quentin and Nick as part of Bitesize Breakdown's coverage of Fantastic Fest 2023.