It Comes At Night

It Comes At Night

In Theatres: 
Jun 09, 2017
Running Time: 
91 minutes

It Comes at Night is a pot set to boil that never gets above a simmer. Set in a large, dark home isolated in a shady forest, the film has plenty of mood.Colors are muted with a dry look. We’re dropped in the middle of a plague that has forced people to hide away from each other.  An anterior room coated in plastic operates as sort of airlock and quarantine and any interaction with the world outside commences with well fitted gas mask.

Beginning with a with a decision that starkly depicts the lack of choice and harsh edges of compassion, the film does not let up. The atmosphere remains tense as characters have to face the consequences of their actions, experience PTSD in dreams, and can never step back from the ledge of constant vigilance.

Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo), and Travis(Kelvin Harrison Jr.) spend their days rationing food, crying, and holding each other close. Their routine finally changes when they stumble on another family in need; but what does that family truly want?

The plague and the following societal decline are shrouded in mystery in favor of focusing on interpersonal relationships the apocalypse fosters. It's an attempt to illustrate that fear and mistrust are the real plague, but how can you effectively convey such message when you also have an actual air borne disease?

Truly the most frightening part of the film aren't the gross visuals nor ever creeping anxiety, but the Incredible wasted talent of Ejogo. Her role is nothing more than a wife/mother who doesn't do much​ more than cry and scream. Even when her husband is being bloodied in a fight, she cries instead of using her semiautomatic to end the conflict.

What comes at night? A yawn.

Maria Jackson
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