It Comes At Night Honest Review
The first trailer for It Comes At Night dropped on February 8th, 2017.
It was undeniable the film was going to be an outstanding psychological-thriller. It even came across as potentially being the best film of the year. I really looked forward to seeing it because Joel Edgerton was one of the lead actors in the movie. If you can remember he also starred in 2015's, The Gift. It was greatly successful and I was highly impressed by his performance in the movie. Because of this, I assumed his upcoming film would be nothing short of greatness, but soon I learned I was terribly wrong.
It Comes At Night was absolutely dreadful to watch.The movie's reviews were misleading and utterly false. You went in believing it was going to be a high paced, survival/horror film, but instead the movie was slow, boring, and made no sense. Many “professional” movie critics appraised the movie of near-perfect, star rating. The truth is, a percentage of their five million dollar budget was used to buy overly exaggerated reviews from movie critics. As an avid watcher of movies, reviews and ratings greatly influence whether I watch a film or not, so to see these types of thing happening are truly irritating.
That's I'm here with an honest review of It Comes At Night.
The movie began and introduced us to an old, sick man named Bud(grandfather). His skin looked fragile and gray. It looked like you tear it off with your fingers. If he wasn’t a living corpse, then I had no idea what he was. The scene gave me the impression that the movie would be centered around zombies.
We then were introduced to more characters. Paul the father, Sarah the mother, and Travis their teen son. The stereotypical roles of the strict, hard-looking Dad, the overly empathetic Mom, and the horny teenager who can't think for himself. Which you'll see a lot of this later on in the story. Sarah talked to her ill father and coaxed him into wearing a gas mask. After, Paul and Travis wheeled Bud into the forest. Moments after, Travis held a pillow over his grandfather's face and Paul shot him dead. They dumped his body in a hole and lit him up like a christmas tree.
That was the beginning. It wasn’t compelling or creative and it was like the movie started too late in the story. Origins weren't discussed. It was like the screenwriter expected us to know those answers ourselves, but I didn't have a clue. That was their first mistake. Their second mistake was progressing past this scene without explaining what was going on and why the man was ill. For the entire movie, these small holes in the plot grow bigger and bigger until it seems like the screenwriter only half wrote the story.
Continuing on, we go through a few insignificant scenes. They didn't pertain in giving the story depth, so they were just time passers. Then, the movie gave us a little action. The family woke up to an intruder breaking into their house. It was a man and he had gun, but Paul had a gun too. He forced the intruder to drop his weapon and lie against the ground. Paul asked the man if there were any others and the man answered no.
Paul expectedly knocked the man unconscious with the butt of his gun.
Paul and his son wheeled the intruder outside, duct-taped him to a tree, and left him there for a day. That’s when I anticipated the horror would begin. I told myself the intruder would be gone by the morning because he was either eaten by a monster or transformed into a zombie. But when morning came, the intruder was in the same condition and spot they left him. No words could fathom how frustrated I was by this.
The scene had potential, but was wasted on the film’s mood of being slow and boring. Paul finally went and talked to the intruder. He bribed the truth out of him with a container of water. The intruder;s name was Will. He only broke into the house because he thought it was empty and he was looking for food and supplies to feed his family. Will also mentioned he hadn’t seen anyone for nearly a hundred miles.
But the flaw in that is if all of that were true, Will wouldn’t have carried a gun with him. I’m not sure if this was a mistake between the dialogue and his actions or done on purpose. Even still, that makes things confusing. Also the family would wear mask, but the movie made it seems as if the virus was only contractible by physical contact and they knew that. This contributed to the film’s hinderance because still no answers were given as to what was happening. How many were infected? What were the viruses affects? Who started it? What happened to the rest of the population? At first it seemed ok, but it was beginning to portray itself as work written by an amateur.
Sarah convinced Paul to trust Will. She wanted him to take Will to his family and bring them back so they could share supplies and aid each other. Paul momentarily argued, but then agreed. Paul and Will drove into the forest in his pickup. While Paul driving, the two were shot at.The car crashed and the two gunmen were unveiled from their hiding. I could’ve sworn he was shot, but after, the character moved and acted as if it never happened. The scene shot forward to the pickup returning back to their home. Paul, Will, and his family hopped out. Will had a wife(Kim) and a toddler son (Andrew). So far we hadn’t seen anything psychologically thrilling or even as much as a creature attacking them. I still wondered know why I didn’t just turn it off by then.
We watched the boring scenes of the families living together in unity. Travis developed a crush on Kim and sometimes would listen to Will and her’s conversations from upstairs. One night, Travis entered the kitchen to find an awake Kim sad at the kitchen table. They talked about their life before and wished they could have sweets again. It made you question the film even more. Could the virus containment things other than humans? What happened to all the food? Relating back to what happened to the rest of the world and how the virus affected it?
More boring scenes passed until . . .
One afternoon, the family was outside, but the dog sensed something deep in the forest. Before any could react, the dog ran away to chase it. Travis couldn’t help himself from running after his dog, trailing Paul and Will not to long behind him. At some point I expected the boy to eventually give up and stop. I was wrong though and he continued to chase after his dog. That moment frustrated me the most because if they had protocols strict enough permitted them to kill their own grandfather, then the boy should’ve known never to go so far into the forest.
Finally the boy stopped once he could no longer hear the dogs barking. He stood at the bottom of a hill, looking up as if he saw a ghost. The men caught up and asked him what happened. Travis repeatedly said his barking stopped, but his facial expression looked as if it was something else.
Once again, I assumed a monster or zombie would jump out, but I was wrong again. But what I wasn’t wrong about was several things in the story conflicted with each other. We never found out where the dog went either.
And to sum up the end, Paul killed Will and his family because Andrew was ill and his parents were trying to flee with their supplies. The ending was when the film got to its worst. Nothing made sense and the dumb actions of the characters were frustrating to watch. Travis soon after became ill. The film ended with Paul and Sarah sitting at the kitchen table. We don’t get to see if they kill their son or not, but I highly think they would.
When the screen went black, I threw the remote against the ground. Those 91 minutes of my life, I'd never get back. Most of all the directing was terrible, the script was horrendous, and the entire movie was confusing, unresolved, and a total waste of time.
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