Friday, October 13, 2017

Movie Review: It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes at Night (2017) - Written and Directed by Trey Edward Shults; Starring Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr.

By Kenny Howell

For people who saw Trey Edward Shults last film Krisha, it is not surprising that he had the ability to make a horror or thriller film.

That was a drama about a woman on the edge the entire film as she navigates a family visit that brings up some past demons. It made you as a viewer feel on edge as well, and he uses those skills in It Comes at Night to tell the story of a family trying to survive a mysterious disease that is wiping out huge chunks of the population.

Paul, played by Joel Edgerton (Loving), is trying to keep his family from that demise. He has very strict rules wife Sarah (Carmen Ejogo) and son Travis (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), but that is threatened when a man shows up one night in their house. He is Will (Christopher Abbott), and his family is in a house quite a distance away. They need food, and they have water to trade for it. Paul reluctantly welcomes him and his family in, but that addition threatens the stability Paul has tried so hard to maintain.


Shults doesn't really waste time trying to explain what is happening with the disease, though it's nasty symptoms are shown. He is more concerned about how the people involved react to the panic created by such a cataclysmic event. It's not surprising that the seams come apart rather horribly, and Shults punctuates those moments effectively, including a horrific conclusion. It honestly is a bit much, a chore to watch because it is so intense (felt the same way about Krisha), but you cannot deny that Shults has a firm grip on just how to take you there.

Rating: ***


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