2019 TIFF Movie Review: THE VAST OF NIGHT (USA 2019) ***

The Vast of Night Poster
In the twilight of the 1950s, two youths seek the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico, in Andrew Patterson’s pitch-perfect sci-fi thriller.

Director:

Andrew Patterson

Styled in the 50’s TV series Twilight Zone, the film follows, literally, two youths seeking the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico.  They investigate and eventually encounter its origin in the span of a single night.  This exactly what happens in the story from the start to the end, so that there are no surprises at all.  

Patterson’s film is an exercise of style and atmosphere, which at least works in an otherwise predictable script that takes the story to its eventual ending.  The film is too talky for a midnight madness entry for TIFF and it does not help that the sound system at Ryerson Theatre is not the best with the result that one really has to concentrate to make out the often muffled dialogue.  

But the film succeeds through his use of sound, variation of camera angles and dialogue that parodies the future of the then modern technology.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtqXmoQYxNA

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