The Vast of Night
Amazon bets on independent cinema and brings us The Vast of Night (2019), a science fiction suspense film that pays tribute to old serials of the genre such as The X-Files and The Twilight Zone.
The film takes us to a small town in New Mexico during the 1950s, where a young telephone operator and a radio announcer join forces to discover what hides behind a mysterious audio frequency captured by their antennas and investigate the presence of a strange object flying over the neighborhood.
Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz star in The Vast of Night, the directorial debut of the American filmmaker Andrew Patterson. After the rejection of 18 film festivals, the movie was released at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Narrative Feature Film.
The movie keeps the audience on edge as a result of the extensive camera movements and long blocks of dialogue that thread a plot full of mystery that doesn’t need overwhelming action scenes. The spatial shots embrace the audience to be part of the ongoing investigation, and the great performance of the actors in an uninterrupted acting sequence makes the film feel fresh and natural.
Regarding the reduced production budget, The Vast of Night knows how to take advantage of its resources and use the limitations in its favor. In short, it is an exceptional film that put Andrew Patterson on the right track to a bright future as a filmmaker.