It Comes at Night

As danger stalks the world outside his isolated home, an overprotective father faces a tough decision when another family shows up seeking help.

Year: 2017
Certificate: 15
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Joel EdgertonChristopher AbbottCarmen EjogoRiley KeoughKelvin Harrison Jr.David PendletonGriffin Robert Faulkner

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“It Comes at Night” stars Joel Edgerton as Paul, a devoted father protecting his family from the dangers that the outside world presents.  All we know is that the dangers consist of something airborne and that people are getting “sick”. The story begins showing us the effect of what happens when people get sick. We see an old man clearly unwell being taken out into the woods. Once there, he is killed, burned and buried. Seemingly the only way to ensure the sickness that was inside him spreads no further.

Sometime later, Paul and his wife are awoken by noises in their home. While investigating these noises, Paul finds an intruder, Will – played by Christopher Abbott. Paul restrains him and ties him to a tree outside. It’s possible that Will is sick and Paul keeps him there long enough to determine if he is sick or not.

Will, of course, protests his innocence. Telling Paul that he was simply trying to find food and water for his wife and young son, who are some 50 miles away in their own home with supplies running thin. Eventually, he convinces Paul he is telling the truth and Paul and his wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) decide the safest thing is to go retrieve Will’s family and bring them to their home where they live with their 17-year-old son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) as they would be safer in a bigger group.

Once Will and his family arrive, life changes. Having new people about brings happiness and company to the household. Eventually, however, and despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer…

“It Comes at Night” becomes a story of a man and what he is willing to do to protect his family; from both Paul’s and Will’s point of view. Although described as a ‘horror’, this for me was more of a dark thriller. Not knowing what was around each corner and not knowing who can be trusted, made “It Comes at Night” a great watch. This was also helped by great performances from Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, both playing their respective roles convincingly.

Also deserving of mention was the acting of Kelvin Harrison Jr.. With his part being integral to the flow of the story, he helped the viewer through the ups and downs of the story line. The look and the direction of the film were ‘OK’; sometimes the scenes looked a little too dark, but maybe that was simply the device I was using to watch on.

The only real negative, in my opinion, was that more wasn’t explained about the dangers that were prevalent in the outside world. There was no story or build up to what they were so afraid of. While some might see that as a positive, however,  to me I felt like how can I fear what I know nothing about? This is certainly not a reason to miss this movie, in fact: ignore that last line, go and enjoy the film for yourself!

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