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The Night (2020) Review

2021 seems to be churning out more films than 2020. Although cinemas in the UK are still closed and will be for the foreseeable future, it’s great to catch some on demand films, especially some independent movies that may have missed our radar. The Night is the new horror/thriller from Iranian film maker Kourosh Ahari. The film follows Babak and Neda, a young Iranian couple living in the United States. After spending the evening with their close friends, they decide to call the night quits so they can get home and put their young daughter to bed. As they make their way home, the car’s sat nav decides to stop working and the couple get lost with no way of knowing how to get home. They decide to stop at a nearby hotel to rest for the night before making their way home the next day. What they don’t realise is that there is an insidious force lurking in the hotel that starts to prey on them.

The horror/thriller genre is one of the most popular and over used genre out there. It’s incredibly hard to come across a film that is original in its approach and story. With The Night, it doesn’t come across as original or inventive. It boasts a familiar formula that has been seen and done many times on screen. As a huge fan of the genre, we have experienced many films just like this and it didn’t do much to keep us entertained or captivated. It’s clear its biggest influence is Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining but it doesn’t even come close. It felt repetitive and most importantly, it didn’t scare or even put us on the edge of our seats. An important tool to possess in a film of this genre.

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