Why is the damn door red?!
That is one of the many questions I asked while watching the absolutely misleading “horror” film, It Comes At Night.
From the trailer, to the opening scene, to the midway point, viewers will be expecting monsters and blood and guts galore, but I’m warning you now, do not. It will be a better experience.
It Comes At Night is an apocalyptic nightmare about a lot of people getting “sick,” and how one family fights to survive. How exactly are people getting sick? The assumption is simply by touch, but I’m left with feeling like there’s more to catching the bug. And I wouldn’t really be bothered by this if I didn’t feel like the characters knew, and were holding out on that information. What actually happens when people get sick? Not sure about that. Where is everyone else in the supposedly practically diminished world? No damn clue.
I love a film that isn’t quite on the nose and leaves space for the audience to draw their own conclusions, but this was just too much for my taste. And even worse, I was sold something totally different by the trailer, as well as the first 45 minutes of the movie.
What I can say though, is that this is not a bad movie. I would actually go as far as saying that the picture is extremely profound and moving, but it was very hard for me to see past what it was trying to be, before it flourished and became its authentic self.
On another note, the cast was fantastic. The film’s lead, Kelvin Harrison Jr., (as Travis) embodies fear in such an honest, relatable way, and Carmen Ejogo (as Travis’ mother, Sarah) dives deep within her character’s soul (Ejogo also slayed in last month’s blockbuster, Alien: Covenant). Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, also stars, alongside Christopher Abbott and Joel Edgerton, all really knocking it out the park performance wise.
Great acting aside, the fact does not change that I was pushed to look for some kind of monster and gruesome, gory deaths, that were never delivered. If you dare to take the ride that It Comes At Night will drag you on, be very open to the journey, and the destination.
It Comes At Night (2017)
Director Trey Edward Shults
Writer Trey Edward Shults
Stars Kelvin Harrison Jr., Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott, Riley Keough