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  • The Vast of Night (2019)

    6.43/10

    PG-13 | 1h 29min | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Fantasy

    Published Wed., October 09, 2019

The Vast of Night (2019) Plot & Synopsis

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Starring Gary Teague, Chamblee Ferguson, Libby Villari, James Mayberry, Pam Dougherty

Directed by Andrew Patterson

Synopsis: 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.

Synopsis: A mysterious frequency descends on a small New Mexico town in the twilight of the 1950s, forever changing the lives of two youths as they investigate and encounter its origin. Spanning a single night, director Andrew Patterson's transfixing debut barrels its characters through a tribute to the starry-eyed speculations of Rod Serling, as Patterson and his compatriots meticulously render a bygone era. It's one that eschews empty nostalgia through judicious shading of history's insidious margins, and which infectiously captures the wonder of technology, as well as the unsettling risks that come with peering into the unknown. Intermittently framed within the hazy black-and-white scan lines of a television broadcast, Patterson's scope frequently widens to a vivid roaming gaze that fluidly connects its plucky protagonists through a series of increasingly gob smacking long takes. In other scenes, the camera settles with intense concentration on a single subject, achieving taut suspense through subtle penetrative zooms and the beguiling rat-tat-tat chatter of Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz's breakout performances. At his most audacious, Patterson eerily fades to black for minutes at a time, inviting the audience to lean into the darkness and hang onto every word of the disturbing conspiracy that James Montague and Craig W. Sanger's evocative screenplay weaves. Deserved recipient of enthusiastic accolades since its award-winning bow at the Slamdance Film Festival earlier this year, The Vast of Night is a sublime slice of sci-fi that heralds both a brave new world and a bold new voice with a bright future.

Storyline: In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.

  • The Vast of Night (2019) Movie Details

  • Directors: Andrew Patterson
  • Writers: James Montague, Craig W. Sanger
  • Cast: Gary Teague, Chamblee Ferguson, Libby Villari, James Mayberry, Pam Dougherty, Brianna Beasley, Jessica Peterson, Mark Banik, Mollie Milligan, Antoinette Anders, David H. Boyd, Sierra McCormick, Brandon Stewart, Rebeckah Boykin, Shelley Kaehr, Rob Bullock, Laura Griffin, Crystal Gattis, Grant James, Jake Horowitz, Corinne Griffin, Lynn Blackburn, Cheyenne Barton, Tayci Miller, Gregory Peyton, Roger D. Paschal, Mallorie Rodak, PaulaSu Grisham, Adam Dietrich, Ingrid Fease
  • Genres: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Fantasy
  • Producers: Adam Dietrich, Caleb Henry, Melissa Kirkendall, James Montague, Marcus Ross, Eric A. Williams
  • Musicians: Erick Alexander, Jared Bulmer
  • Cinematographers: M.I. Littin-Menz
  • Runtime: 89 min / 1h 29min
  • Year: 2019
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Oscars: 0
  • Awards: 4
  • Nominations: 9
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