Saturday, 7 October 2017

It Comes At Night Review by Steve 'Sandwich' Hanisch

It Comes at Night
Year: 2017
Directed and Written By: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough and Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Tagline: “Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.”
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%
IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Most of what you see advertised today are the big films. The It remakes, the Marvel and DC movies, the empty-calorie blockbusters like Transformers or Fast and the Furious and endless, mindless remakes. However, every once in awhile, modern filmmaking turns it’s glance on an effectively chilling and all-around fantastic film. It Comes at Night is one of those films.
First off, Joel Edgerton is one of the most underrated actors in all of the known universe. The man should be a legend. Couple that with a gripping premise and plenty of room to show off his acting chops, that’s a recipe for success. Now, ala the tagline up top, it does start with the fact that this is post-sickness, whatever that means. I thought they would devolve into full zombie bullshit by the end of the film, but they didn’t. They stayed true to what this film was about. It’s about the family, the relationships built and the interactions and settings that make those relationships crumble. In doing so, you come away with a surprisingly realistic, post-Apocalyptic event where you start to question what you would do as well as make you want to watch the movie with a gas mask and a bottle of Purell.
Hey! Shocker! I agree with Rotten Tomatoes. “It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.” I was left with a feeling of anxiety and a knot in my stomach and that’s exactly what they were striving for. As I stated at the top, today you get a lot of empty movies. Movies you mentally check out of. Movies that twenty-minutes in you pause it and go, “FUCK ME, there’s still an hour and ten minutes left? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?! WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?! NooOOOooOoOooOooo!” Which then prompts you to just scroll through Snapchat and glance up at the screen every once in awhile and go, “Ha. That’s cool.” Then back to the phone. I didn’t look at my phone once during this film. I think the word “gripping” is used a lot to describe films as a buzzword so it loses something. But this movie is gripping. It’s true to what it is and never apologies for it.
I had to record our comedy podcast, The Ranting and Raving Podcast (#CheapPlug), after seeing this and it was honestly tough for me to switch into full joke mode. What movie has that effect on me? None usually. See what happens when I string together some good films to watch?! I become more human than human*! That must stop. Shark Exorcist here I come!

General Shenanigans Written By: Steve “Sandwich” Hanisch

Last Word “You can't trust anyone but family.” - Paul, It Comes At Night takes outtake lines from The Godfather and re-purposes them. “It’s okay, sweetie. It’s going to be okay.” - Sarah, It Comes at Night correctly predicts my mantra to myself every morning after remembering what I ate and drank the night before. 

*Sandwich’s random music outburst this week brought to you by “More Human Than Human” by White Zombie*.

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