It Comes at Night
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Griffin Robert Faulkner, David Pendleton
Part of: /slash 1/2 Filmfestival
Seen on: 3.5.2018
Paul (Joel Edgerton), Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and their son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) are holed up in a remote cabin. They’ve effectively isolated themselves after a mysterious disease broke out. But one night somebody tries to invade their home. They capture the intruder and keep him quarantined. When it turns out that he – Will (Christopher Abbott) – isn’t infected, but has family nearby, they grant them access to their home. But tensions keep rising.
It Comes at Night is a solid film with good characters and a firm grip on the tension it needs. It didn’t quite blow me away, but it’s a good watch.
It Comes at Night may not work off the most innovative of ideas: people forced to stay in the same space with some kind of vague threat hanging in the air and making them distrust each other. But it is a good example for the point that you don’t always need to reinvent the wheel, story-wise, but that an old idea with good execution can be equally satisfying.
Shults obviously knows that the most important thing about a chamber play set-up like this one are the characters. The audience needs to be interested in them and how they develop, they need to be able to understand where they’re coming from. And that’s something he accomplishes nicely here. They all made sense to me (also thanks to the great cast).
As almost a bonus, Shults also has a good handle on the tension: it decreases and increases in the right moments, keeping the film engaging and dynamic and keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.
All of this makes the film really good, albeit not so good that I would mark it as one of my favorites. Still, I really enjoyed it and was with it from start to finish.