It's the end of the world as we know it and there is an unknown virus, spreading fast, across all species. Once you have it, there is no other choice but to put you down and burn your remains, as soon as your illness is detected.
The human race is scattered and family groups are left to fend for themselves, with the goal of living as far away from others as possible, in complete isolation and to never be caught outside at night, as it might be when the virus is able get you. There is no television or radios, leaving you paranoid and fearful of anyone unknown to you.
This is just a glimpse of the day to day lives of the intricate characters portrayed in this film. Expertly written and directed by Trey Edward Shults (Krisha & Two to One) and starring Joel Edgerton (The Gift & Black Mass), Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Roots & 2016's Birth of a Nation), Christopher Abbott (A Most Violent Night & James White) and Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy & Alien: Covenant), the film focuses on an ordinary family and their pet dog, who have been placed in an extraordinarily difficult situation when they must put down the grandfather of the group after he contracts the deadly virus. The event causes their teenage son to have horrific PTSD induced nightmares, blurring between the dream world and reality.
The realities of mental illness are evident in It Comes At Night
Things soon go from bad, to worse, when a stranger breaks into their home, looking for supplies for his family, who they soon take in, along with their livestock. They soon become fast friends, until everything turns horribly sour.
The film really delves into the human psyche, uncovering the effects of cabin fever and the lengths everyday people would go to in order to survive and protect their own families, even if that means making some enormous sacrifices along the way.
It Comes at Night is rated MA and is restricted to those 15 years of age and older, as it contains strong themes and violence.