A married couple (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo) and their teenage son (Kelvin Harrison) isolate themselves from the rest of humanity when a mysterious plague throws civilization into chaos, but their secluded existence is threatened when a young family seek shelter with them. Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough co-star. Written and directed by Trey Edward Shults (Trey Edward Shults). ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Release Date: Jun 09, 2017
Rated R for Disturbing Images, Violence and Language
Runtime: 1 hr. 37 min.
Genres: Horror, Suspense/Thriller
Trey Edward Shults second film, It Comes at Night is being sold as a straight forward horror film which doesn’t do it any favors. It Comes at Night is a claustrophobic paranoia themed thriller in post apocalyptic window dressing. It’s a fantastically crafted film that just reeks of talent throughout. Shults clearly has some talent behind the lens which is aided by some wonderful cinematography which echoes Stanley Kubrick. It’s the very definition of a slow burn and the cast is utterly committed with each giving understated but strong performances. Unfortunately, the story seems a tad bit undercooked. It’s meditation on tragedy and paranoia are simplistic to say the least. Its story is light on answers and those looking for any sort of a payoff or resolution will be let frustrated. Perhaps it’s the point or just exemplification of Shults worldview. Even though it’s not a film that people will be clamoring to revisit, its sparse runtime seems longer than it is, it’s a fine showcase for an impressive directorial talent.