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It Comes at Night review

Fear is in the Eye of the Beholder

A deadly plague has hit the World in “It Comes at Night”.  A small family (consisting of a mother, father, son, and a dog) lives alone in a boarded up house out in the woods.  In-fear of outsiders, there are strict rules they follow to ensure each other’s safety and well-being.  One night, an intruder attempts to break-into their home, only to be caught and tied-up outside.  After interrogating him todiscover his purpose, we discover he was searching for water and supplies for his wife and young child.  In-exchange for his livestock, Paul offers the man to go get his family and move-in with he, Sarah, and Travis.  After returning, the two families live together as they believe the end of the World continues outside. Working by day, entertaining by night; the two families begin to develop a strong relationship.  However, one night, a strange series of occurrences happen that not only shake their trust, but the very foundation of their lives.

Joel Edgerton stars as Paul, the father of the home.  Smart, precise, and calculated, Edgerton sells the paranoid father perfectly.  Christopher Abbott plays Will, the man who attempted to break-into Paul’s home.  Carmen Ejogo plays Paul’s wife, Sarah.  Riley Keough plays Will’s wife, Kim.  Kelvin Harrison Jr. plays Paul and Sarah’s son who keeps having sleeping troubles, Travis.  Griffin Robert Faulkner plays Will and Kim’s son, Andrew.  David Pendleton plays Sarah’s father, Bud.

“It Comes at Night” is a well-constructed, pulse-pounding thriller that constantly keeps you on the edge of your seat!  The film is expertly-crafted, keeping much of the film’s backstory ambiguous and leaving the viewer to interpret it however they choose.  So many questions are left unanswered, but the film is all the better for it.  Have you ever wondered how people would actually act in the event of an “apocalyptic event”?  Well, “It Comes at Night” showcases (what I believe to be) one of most accurate depictions of how humans would actually act.  The film’s cast do a great job as well, providing a deeper understanding as to each character is.  One of the greatest aspects of “It Comes at Night” is its relentless, unnerving tension.  From start-to-finish, the film’s tense and gripping exploits both scare and intrigue the viewer.  You’ll be on the edge of your seat and grabbing the armrests!  It’s not very often that a film like this comes-along, but while it may not be a film that has a high “rewatchability” factor, it certainly demands to be seen due to its’ originality and bleakness.  However, the film is destined to split the opinions of both critics and moviegoers, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!  “It Comes at Night” has a runtime of 97 minutes, keeping the film concise and fast-paced.  The film is a breath-of-fresh-air for the genre and all praise should be directed towards director Trey Edward Shults!  “It Comes at Night” proves that strong films don’t require a standardized blueprint in-order to be well-crafted and successful!

“It Comes at Night” follows a small family as they attempt to shield themselves from a plague that has destroyed the outside World.  The film features strong performances, a thoroughly tense and uncomfortable story, and plenty of pulse-pounding ambiguity.  If you are heading to the movies this weekend for a few scares, then “It Comes at Night” may be exactly what you’re looking for!!

 4/5

IT COMES AT NIGHT is rated R for violence, disturbing images, and language, in theaters JUNE 9TH!

 

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