Monday, October 19, 2020

31 Dyas of Halloween - Day 19 - Movie

A family in isolation during a devastating pandemic finds their safety and routine disrupted when a stranger breaks into their home. Inviting the man's family to come live with them with the idea of greater safety in numbers leads to paranoia and mistrust and violence.

It Comes At Night (2017) sounds like a monster movie, but it's not. The "it" of the title merely refers to bad dreams endured by the teenage son. There isn't a much tension, and introduced story points are often dropped without development. It's a well made film, but not much happens, and the tension it wants to ratchet up, never really appears. In our Covid-19 world a movie about a pandemic really should have hit home, but the characters in the film didn't really do much more than I did while quarantined at home, short of carrying guns like paranoid survivalists, and burning a couple of bodies. This was disappointing.

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