The Vast of Night simply has no right to be as good as it is. For a film that I completely stumbled across one night, I am absolutely floored that it doesn’t have more weight to it’s name!
Set entirely in one night (because that’s all we need to see), the film follows two teenage friends – a charming and suave local radio presenter Everett, and his mile-a-minute switchboard operator friend Fay, as they investigate some mysterious happenings in their small hometown in New Mexico.
So much impressed me about this film. For a film that has a reasonably predictable plot (I mean, it is New Mexico, after all) it does SO much that I didn’t expect. The chemistry between the two co-stars, for example, would be enough to carry the 91 minutes of the film alone. The yin to the other’s yang, they are a dynamic duo if there ever was one.
What impressed me the most though, was the directing – Andrew Patterson strikes a perfect balance between surreal and understated sci-fi. I thought about some of those continuous camera shots for a long time after I finished watching the film itself. Though I was only half-watching when I first started the film, I challenge anyone to try to watch the scene with Fay operating the switchboard and hearing those sounds for the first time, without becoming completely hooked and overcome with intrigue.