The Vast Of Night is a sleek gripping science fiction tale that engages a variety of audiences. Part of the film’s charm is how simplistic the shots look. If we didn’t know any better, it would seem any old pseudo wannabe director helmed this. Director Andrew Patterson made ample use of various practical locations in crafting his ode to an era when Science Fiction films and The Twilight Zone were all the rage. The cinematography of Miguel Ioann Littin Menz was extraordinary in ramping up the tension and creating buy-in with the audience. He made use of long, winding one-shots and a black screen in critical moments to create an ominous tone throughout the film’s 90 minutes.
The Vast of Night centers around a switchboard operator named Fay (Sierra McCormick) and the town’s radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) as they discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. As the duo begins to investigate the origins of the frequency, they begin to spiral down a rabbit hole of anonymous calls, secret tapes, and eye witness accounts. Set in 1950’s New Mexico, The Vast Of Night will surprise and delight cinema fans everywhere.
One of the more shocking revelations is how this is Andrew Patterson’s first feature film because he displays such skill and precision that it seems as if he’s done this for a lifetime. Patterson’s first feature is a remarkable achievement in storytelling and a phenomenal tribute to a glorious cinematic era. McCormick and Horowitz are equally wonderful in a film that might make quite a few top 20 lists at the end of the year. The best thing about the film is that it’s easily accessible. I highly suggest everyone check it out this weekend.