There are some movies that heavily rely on a big climax to make the whole thing work and ‘It comes at night’ is no exception. The movie is minimalist in it’s approach with only a few actors playing out a quasi post apocalyptic reality in one location. It’s set deep in the woods and there isn’t much information given about what has happened to the rest of the world or why they are in this situation. Two families cross paths in a world where the meaning of morality becomes synonymous with self preservation and the battle between perception and reality is prevalent amongst the daily routine. I enjoyed the build up of the movie and I found the ending sequence so thrilling, even though the story was at times a slow unravel. There wasn’t depth to the characters through dialogue but you could understand the desperation through the actions they were taking and their body language throughout. The film starts off with the Grandfather of the main father dying due to the disease that’s ‘out there’ and that sets a precedence for the level of fear felt by the characters for the rest of the movie. When the main family, headed by Joel Edgerton, come across another family in desperation they allow them into their home and the distrust begins to spiral.
Living in a house with people can sometimes be stressful in normal situations let alone high pressured potential zombie type environments. Compromise of beliefs can lead to misunderstandings in the best of situations, so in the worst of situations paranoia can easily stem from the self doubt that commonly floats around the pre frontal cortex. The family interactions become increasingly precarious which then leads to the Joel Edgerton’s character having to make heartbreaking decisions for the benefit or perceived benefit of his own family. It seems like there was the threat of external monsters and disease from the outset, but the real monsters were the human beings. The term monster is loaded in a human sense, as there are times when men have to act like monsters to stop monsters. This explores that concept and comes to a brutal climax which leaves the viewer wondering about how their own morality may be skewed.