Tuesday, 11 July 2017

It Comes At Night (2017)

A family has fortified themselves within an isolated house to protect hem from whatever outbreak has struck. However, low on food, they decide to give shelter to another family despite the atmosphere being rife with mistrust.

Here is one of those films where the marketing completely betrays the actual product, likely to an adverse effect. The trailers for this film are more than a little misleading as, if they were all you knew of the film, you go in expecting to be a bit more action packed and an arguably generic looking horror. I'm not surprised that a fair few audience members left feeling annoyed as the film is actually a very slow burn drama where the lack of trust between the characters, the isolation, and the fact that you don't actually know anything actually do wonders in creating an effective (and miserable) atmosphere (in many ways it is quite similar to 'The Witch').

Action is sparse in this film with most of it happening in very quick, infrequent moments scattered throughout the film while the majority of the shots in the trailer appear to be made up of the shots from one of the character's dreams (this particular character being the annoyingly naive/teenagery son). Instead, the harvests what it needs from showing/telling you less and using that to inject what would otherwise be mundane conversations with paranoia and suspicion. While you may be able to find some answers throughout the film, a lot of what you see is ultimately left open or with tinges of doubt as to whether or not what Joel Edgerton's character suspects is actually what is really happening.

I will admit I was a little underwhelmed at first by the film as I had been duped by the trailer. So it did take some adjusting (and focus to ignore the grunting belcher in the row in front of me). However, this problem does work itself out and the film, while still rough around the edges, proves an intriguing watch with plenty of mystery and atmosphere.

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