Movie Review: The Vast of Night

Movie Review: The Vast of Night
*Disclosure: I received a screener of this film to review. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

I wasn't sure what to expect from The Vast of Night, but based on its premise it looked interesting. Unfortunately, I wasn't fully engrossed in the film until the very end.

Synopsis: (Google) In the 1950s, two kids search for the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended on their town.

(Amazon Prime) In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

For the first ten to twenty minutes of this movie, there is a lot of talking, and not much action; finally, the leads figure out that something strange is going on, and it's then that the action starts.

The leads (McCormick and Horowitz) are good here but I found the film hard to get into, and also a little hard to follow. Near the end, strange things start to happen, and they realize something odd is going on, and that's when my interest was finally piqued; unfortunately, the movie was then over about 20-30 minutes later, leaving us with an unsatisfying ending, in my opinion.

I'd give this film 2.5/5 stars. I will say that it currently has 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, so maybe I'm just a harsh critic, but it failed to catch my attention for most of the movie; and I usually like sci-fi movies, as well.

The Vast of Night will be streaming on Amazon Prime starting May 29th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 90 minutes.

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