It Comes at Night

Starring Joel Edgerton, Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and Christopher Abbott, It Comes at Night is a horror movie/mystery about a family living in an isolated home in a desolate, wooded area trying to survive after some unnamed, unexplained, unnatural threat seems to have wiped out a large portion of mankind.   The father (Edgerton) has established some sort of domestic order with his wife and son (to the degree that this is possible under the circumstances) that is tested when a desperate younger family (Abbot & co.) arrives seeking refuge.

The movie is about the risks we take when interacting with other people; inviting them into our lives and our homes.  Who can you trust? – Do you even have the capacity to trust anyone?  The tension among and between these two families as their relationships develop is what drives the film.

The movie is well written, with enough stomach churning suspense to categorize it as a mystery and keep you engaged throughout.  You can feel the strain this family is under, living day to day locked inside of a house to stay safe against an unseen killer.  The score is quite good and sets the mood and pace of the film well.

The acting is strong.  Edgerton is convincing as a man doing everything, anything and whatever he can to keep his family safe.  If he wasn’t a true survivalist before this virus hit, it certainly turned him into one.  Harrison plays the sensitive, compassionate character who attempts to balance out his father’s machismo; sometimes unsuccessfully.

The beauty of this movie is that we never learn the origin of the virus, how widespread it may be, or even where these characters live.  This is part of what makes this movie original and very smart.  There is no back story.  We know all we need to know.  There is a virus, it is fatal, it is airborne and will kill you if you come into contact with someone who is infected, and it is a pronounced cause of tremendous stress in these people’s lives.  The “it” that comes at night is the number one thing that occupies their minds and their lives, with room for very little else; and that is how the audience feels while watching. There is no concern for questions to be answered because we are all-consumed by the “It.” The question becomes, does the movie need to explain more to satisfy the viewer?  And the answer to this question is subjective.

It Comes at Night earned 7.5 out of 10 bloops.  The movie is better than good, but not without problems, and still worth seeing; particularly if you are a horror film fan.  If you like a story fed to you that follows a formula of beginning-middle-end, with all the answers provided and an ending wrapped in a neat little bow, you will not care for this movie.  There is some really creative work here in the writing, the acting, the makeup, the camera work… but proceed with caution, because as much as I liked it, I cannot wholeheartedly recommend you pay to see it in the theater.

Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

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