After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Connie Nikas embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city's underworld in an increasingly desperate-and dangerous-attempt to get his brother Nick out of jail.
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.Written by
Shults' simplest explanation of the films title, which he spoke of at a screening in Chicago, is that the title came to him early on in the writing process, before characters and plot were fully developed, and it stuck with him. He has also said it can represent the need to rest but at night, fear and anxiety can take over. See more »
On more than one occasion in the film, a lead character uses gasoline as fuel to start a fire, but then carelessly leaves the gas can in dangerously close proximity to the open flames as he lights his matches and starts the fire. In real life it would have been extremely likely that fumes from the gas can would have ignited, being so close to the open flames, and possibly caused serious injury or death to the lead character or others nearby. See more »
Can you hear me? Dad, can you hear me?
[nodding a weary yes]
You don't need to fight it. You can just let it all go. Everything's okay.
[pan reveals that she is speaking with a mask on]
I love you, dad. I do. I'm so sorry. Oh, god...
[gets up to go]
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The movie is a good work, that is very atmospheric. It does not deal with cheap thrills, really it is a reflection of horror of losing members of your own family, of illness, and the director dealt with his own loss of father to cancer by filming this. So, while not really a master piece, and a bit abstract for average horror lovers, it is a pretty solid work of art, worthy of your time if you are into exploring these kind of issues in a serious way. It is abstract enough, you can see how people in the middle ages felt when dealing with the plague, or indeed in the case of any future apocalyptic pandemic. Film about atmosphere, not really about cheap thrills.
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