Two best friends, who are the only survivors of an avalanche which hits a school skiing trip, give themselves one year to complete a set of tasks (rob a bank, perform surgery, burn down their school, etc) before they commit suicide.
It's a great idea for a movie. Sadly, the film's potential is not fulfilled. The central relationship between Jake (Andrew Lee-Potts) and Steven (Bobby Barry), the chalk-and-cheese friends, is unconvincing, because they are simply too dissimilar. On top of this, the script feels drastically edited and fails to find a balance between the exhilaration of the boys' tasks and their overshadowing grief. As a result, the pacing is poor and the film's message is never clear.
It's Lee-Potts' portrayal of Jake that saves New Year's Day from being a totally unwatchable mess, with his natural and assured presence giving proceedings the vital edge that's missing elsewhere.
Log in using Facebook to share comments, games, status update and other activity easily with your Facebook feed.