It Comes at Night
It Comes At Night
2017 Written/ Directed By Trey Edward Shults.
By Brian Wallinger.
This film proves studios like A24 are in the business of making quality gems that sadly most average film goers don't understand and reject. It's the power of thought that makes the film It Comes At Night a very stylish and visceral nightmare of solid film making. It is shot in a very traditional style and becomes very innovated by its character development, its lighting, and direction. It is a near perfect film.
The film's story is a metaphor for loss, death, torment, and survival at the most structural levels of human subconscious, using very minimal visual substances to coordinate it's effect. The true essence of the film comes from within. It Come At Night begins with a very heavy handed opening scene that depicts a man ( Joel Edgerton) executing an older sick looking man and setting fire to his body. There is an unknown sickness converging around the country and a family struggles to survive by living in a boarded up house with their guard dog, operating on very tight schedules for safety reasons mostly keeping inside and never going out at night.
There is more of a hard drive with the script, making its characters intelligent and empathic. My only real disappointments are on technical levels. I just wish the cameras had a bit more to show and the film's run time was maybe 20 minutes longer. This will certainly satisfy the hunger of those who are looking for something of both quality and outside the box. It just may take a second or even third viewing to truly appreciate it.
Christopher Abbot, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr., and Riley Keough also star.