Paul (Joel Edgerton) and his family are secure within their desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the outside world. He has a certain way of doing things, and has instilled his routine into his family. That soon gets put to the test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
It Comes at Night was a film filled with tension. Director Trey Edward Schults keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Schults brings white knuckle thrills to the story being told. The film is a slow burn, but you’ll be captivated by the story telling and the performances here.
Joel Edgerton was fantastic in this role. Paul is controlling, calculated, and protective over his family, and Edgerton played that fatherly role very well. I never felt that he was crazy for wearing a gas mask when he went outside. Through his performance you could tell how terrified he was of what lurked out there.
I enjoyed the supporting cast as well. Christopher Abbot as Will, made the audience feel that he could be trusted. You feel the love for his family as well, and also want them to be safe. Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Paul’s son Travis was the standout. He is given a lot to do. Most of the story is told through him, and he didn’t miss a beat.
As for negatives, it doesn’t come with the film itself, it’s with the marketing campaign. You’re promised a horror film that’s set in the woods. It Comes at Night isn’t that. It’s hard to talk about the tone of the film because it could be considered a spoiler considering the film you’re promised and what’s delivered. A24 did a Village level marketing campaign to lure people into the theater. It’s a shame because the film is fantastic, but they didn’t have to promise movie goers something they weren’t going to get.