“You can’t trust anyone but family.”
– Paul

SYNOPSIS: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge. – via IMDB

I have been looking forward to this one for a while based on the trailers and the posters and, of course, Joel Edgerton. I had high hopes or it, it looked super creepy, and I definitely liked it quite a bit, though there were issues. My husband was livid about having wasted time watching this, and was major peeved about many aspects of it, which I will get into.

Joel Edgerton was well worth a watch here again, as always, though there was a particular scene (out in the woods) that was just jarring and didn’t really flow so well and felt awkward, which is unfortunate, and is the only time you wonder what the hell that was all about. I enjoyed the fact that there were so few characters to deal with in this movie, it made it feel so very claustrophobic and scary. It was almost suffocating, and the way that it was shot, tight and dark, with the soft, complementary score over it made it even more so.

The plot is simple and never really gets too into what happened, why everything is the way it is, exactly what everyone is afraid of (aside from it being a sickness) and how the illness affects people. Now, I didn’t mind this so much, the ambiguity lets the imagination run rampant, and the atmosphere of the movie is so tense as is that you can just go crazy thinking about the possibilities, and how something like this could plausibly happen. It Comes at Night focuses more on the people and their fear and isolation as opposed to the how and why, and while I was okay with it (though it was frustrating at time – we are so used to be given everything on a spoon), my husband was pissed. He was waiting for the what comes at night, and got no answers, just more questions.

So while the ambiguity is refreshing, it is also frustrating. The movie is put together extremely well, and looks and sounds excellent. The execution of this is really good, but I think that this is going to divide audiences. You cannot deny that the movie is well crafted and does keep you hooked, but it is also unsatisfying in the sense that nothing is resolved. It felt like something was missing. The movie gives you a section, a slice of time to look at, to chew on, but that is all you get. So I suppose it will depend on how you feel about that.

It Comes at Night may be flawed with some issues and lack of actual story aside from this one section of time it is focusing on, but it is atmospheric as hell and the score truly runs this point home. The actors are all pretty good, and the movie looks and sounds suitably creepy, and the ambiguity works both for and against this movie, so it really depends on your mood when going to watch it, that’s for sure. That being said, I quite enjoyed it, but it was lacking something.

13 thoughts on “Review: It Comes at Night (2017)

  1. Mr. Bobinsky says:

    Sounds quite ambiguous. 🙂

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  2. theipc says:

    Dearest JB,

    I liked this too but it was unfulfilling…..

    Love,

    SSC

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Kindest PSC,

      Indeed. It is good, but feels a little empty.

      Love,
      IJB

      Liked by 1 person

      1. theipc says:

        Warmest IJB,

        It is really cold where I live and I don’t love it.

        Love,
        Jacket Wearing SSC

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Zoë says:

        Kind Frozen Jacket Wearing Chop,

        Oh dear, and I know how much you love the cold 😦

        Love,
        JJB

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  3. Tom says:

    This was a movie. Also, words.

    (I love ambiguity. 😆)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      xD Well played!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Keith says:

    Great review. Just finished mine and should have it posted tomorrow. I’ve really been interested in the different reactions it has gotten.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Keith! Looking forward to reading your thoughts on this. It has gotten reactions across the board, which is really interesting, I agree!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Mark Walker says:

    I’m in absolute agreement here Zoe. The ambiguity really annoyed me here. Normally I don’t mind ambiguity but I invested a lot of time in this and left it with more questions than answers. Edgerton, as always, was great and the atmosphere was very well delivered but the film fell short overall. A 7 rating sounds right to me.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thanks Mark. Yeah it was decent, looked and sounded fantastic and had atmosphere in spades, but no payoff, which gets more and more frustrating when you think on it.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Mark Walker says:

        Yeah, I still don’t even know what the title is referring to. What comes at night? That’s how ambiguous it was.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Zoë says:

        You sound just like my other half xD He bitched about waiting for IT all damn movie and IT never made an appearance, not even at night!

        Liked by 1 person

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