Movie Review: It Comes at Night (2017)

Synopsis: With a mysterious disease wiping out the world's population outside, Paul has secured his wife, son and himself in a remote home. When another man, Will, attempts to break into the house looking for supplies for his own family, Paul reluctantly follows his wife's advice and lets the strangers stay with them. However, even though the new family seems friendly enough, he finds it hard to trust them.

Who's in it? The movie stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison, Jr. and Riley Keough.


Review: We ordered pizza Friday night and had a free movie rental as part of that. Even though the description for this film was a little vague, it sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a chance. If nothing else, I hoped it would be good enough to make up for the disappointment we felt watching Halloween 5 and 6. But, as it turns out, this was a terrible film.

As I described it to my oldest daughter this morning, this was a monster movie that forgot to add a monster. Several times throughout the film, we were led to believe there was something evil hiding in the woods. After all, the family dog went chasing after and was attacked by something. But, even though we patiently waited for the "it" the movie title was referring to, nothing ever happened.

Because of this, the movie ended up being extremely dull. While I'm not sure Will (Abbott) was being completely honest about his past, there was nothing about him or his family that made me think they were potentially menacing. Heck, there wasn't even any tension between the two families until the very end.

On top of it, the movie ended without explaining a lot of things. In addition to what killed their dog, we never were given any real explanation about the mysterious disease they were afraid of catching. Not to mention, did Will know the two men who attacked Paul? It was almost as though the filmmakers edited out everything that could have potentially made this movie at least somewhat interesting.

Final Opinion: I'm not sure what the writers were trying to accomplish when they wrote the script to this film. But, whatever it was, they failed miserably. There was nothing that made this movie worth watching.

My Grade: F

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