‘The Vast of Night’, Andrew Patterson’s first feature film, original from Amazon, places us in a small town in the state of New Mexico. Early 50s, golden age for a medium like radio capable of providing great stories. Without a doubt the most popular form of communication for North American society of that time. A few years earlier, a young Orson Welles accelerated the hearts of many compatriots with the broadcast of The War of the Worlds‘. Fact and fiction shook hands on account of an alien invasion.

Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz give life to an operator and an announcer from the same station. One night, while most of the population is enjoying a basketball game, an enigmatic frequency that sneaks live almost as interference, is going to rescue a captivating story, linking an intimate thriller that captures from intelligent dialogues , very well built.

The film hooks from the first moment

Directed by Andrew Patterson
Produced by
Andrew Patterson
Melissa Kirkendall
Adam Dietrich
Written by
James Montague
Craig W. Sanger
Sierra McCormick
Jake Horowitz
Music by
Erick Alexander
Jared Bulmer
Cinematography M.I. Littin-Menz
Edited by Junius Tully
GED Cinema
Distributed by Amazon Studios
Release date
January 26, 2019 (Slamdance)
May 29, 2020 (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Patterson’s camera displays a cautious gaze, recreating himself before the engrossed faces of his starring partner. This closes the circle to an intrigue that increases as the words (almost whispers) of a stranger, who enters the program live, add mordant to a theme exploited endlessly. Serve the basketball court in which practically the whole town is distracted, as a metaphor for a world that for the most part lives with its back to paranormal phenomena.

The great merit of The Vast of Night lies in supporting the proposal on one of the foundations of cinema: narrative tension. And it does so with a touch of daring obscurantist originality, displaying a very careful staging. Telephones, control boards, switchboards, recorders, reels of tapes and cables are a tribute to the analog in times of mass digitization. A memory of those devices that those of us who are already years old will always carry with us. The closing of the fiction is guessed leagues, which does not detract from a remarkable work.

The Vast of Night’ trailer


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