The Vast of Night is a 2019 American science fiction film written by James Montague and Craig W. Sanger, directed by Andrew Patterson. and starring Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz. The film premiered at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival and will be released theatrically in the United States by Amazon Studios on March 13, 2020.
- Starring : Sierra McCormick / Jake Horowitz
- Genre : Fantasy / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : Andrew Patterson
- Production : GED Cinema
- Distributor : Amazon Studios
The Vast of Night movie
The Vast of Night release date
- January 26, 2019 : USA (Slamdance Film Festival)
- June 28, 2019 : UK (Edinburgh International Film Festival)
- September 12, 2019 : Canada (Toronto International Film Festival)
- September 20, 2019 : USA (Fantastic Fest)
- September 30, 2019 : USA (Beyond Fest)
- October 11, 2019 : USA (Hamptons International Film Festival)
- October 24, 2019 : USA (Chicago International Film Festival)
- May 29, 2020 : USA
The Vast of Night cast
- Sierra McCormick as Fay Crocker
- Jake Horowitz as Everett
- Gail Cronauer as Mabel Blanche
- Bruce Davis as Billy(voice)
- Cheyenne Barton as Bertsie
- Gregory Peyton as Benny Wade
- Mallorie Rodak as Susan Oliver
- Mollie Milligan as Marjorie Seward
- Ingrid Fease as Gretchen Hankins
- Brandon Stewart as Sam
- Kirk Griffith as Lon Stemmons
- Nika Sage McKenna as Daisy Oliver
- Brett Brock as Fred Seward
- Pam Dougherty as Mrs. McBroom / Jane Greer / Winfred
- Lynn Blackburn as Ruth Reynolds
Switchboard operator Fay and radio DJ Everett are two teenagers from Cayuga, New Mexico, investigating a strange audio frequency coming through the radio. The film takes place over the course of one night in the 1950s, with the story framed as an episode of Paradox Theatre, a Twilight Zone-style anthology television series.
The film premiered at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. It later screened at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was named first runner-up for the People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness category. It won the Jury Award at the 2019 Overlook Film Festival and a Special Cinematography Award at the 2019 Hamptons International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards and Best International Feature film at the 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Amazon Studios acquired the movie in September 2019, and its theatrical release is slated for March 13, 2020.
David Fear of Rolling Stone called the film an “ingenious debut from director Andrew Patterson.” Katie Rife of The A.V. Club wrote that it “manages to be eerie and compelling” and “despite its intergalactic scope, this is an intimate, character-driven film.” Amy Taubin of Film Comment called it “a display of visionary moviemaking intelligence,” comparing it to first features by directors such as Richard Kelly and Christopher Nolan. Meg Shields of Film School Rejects commended the sound design as “inescapable and essential” and M.I. Littin-Menz’s camerawork as “simply amazing.” Amy Nicholson of Variety praised the film’s charm and invention, writing, “At the midpoint, Patterson wows with a tracking shot that seems to race a half-mile down a quiet street, take a left-hook through a parking lot, sprint through an ongoing basketball game, and zip up the crowded bleachers before plunging out of a window. It’s effective razzle-dazzle that will probably get the young Oklahoman hired to make something 20 times “The Vast of Night’s” budget. Yet, the ambition behind it is just as impressive — as is the crew’s creativity at spinning financial limitations into magic.”
Matt Shiverdecker of the Austin American-Statesman criticized Patterson’s choice to frame the story as a television episode, calling it “distracting”. He concluded, “I enjoyed the overall style and found the lead actors to be very engaging. Ultimately, the story feels a little too vague, and the movie ends up obsessing more about getting the period details and visuals correct over offering a satisfying conclusion.” Norman Wilner of Now complimented the lead performances while viewing the overall film less positively, writing, “Relative newcomers McCormick and Horowitz are a charming screen pair, her spunky eagerness contrasting nicely with his baby-McConaughey swagger, but they’re stuck in a story that’s almost inert. Between screenwriter James Montague and Craig W. Sanger’s reliance on monologues and director Patterson’s fondness for long, static takes, The Vast Of Night is more likely to lull the Midnight Madness audience to sleep than give them nightmares.”
The film has an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 7.96/10.
Set at the dawn of the space-race over the course of one night in 1950s New Mexico, a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ uncover a strange frequency that could change their lives,their small town,and all of Earth… forever. THE VAST OF NIGHT falls down the rabbit hole of the Twilight Zone and carefully stitches together a narrative scavenger hunt through dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call. With confounding tracking camera work throughout, rapid fire dialogue and period perfect jargon, THE VAST OF NIGHT drops viewers into a time and town hidden away from outsiders. And whose mysteries only present themselves to those curious and patient enough to hear them.
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