The film is a psychological horror movie written by their director Trey Edward Shults.
The Cast List:
Joel Edgerton played as Paul, Travis’s father and Sarah’s husband
Carmen Ejogo played as Sarah, Travis’s mother and Paul’s wife
Kelvin Harrison Jr. played as Travis, Sarah and Paul’s son
Chase Joliet played as the man that attack Will and Paul
Riley Keough played as Kim, Andrew’s mother and Will’s wife
Mick O’Rourke played as the man that attack Will and Paul
David Pendleton played as Bud, Travis’s grandfather and Sarah’s father
Griffin Robert Faulkner played as Andrew, Kim and Will’s son
Christopher Abbott played as Will, Andrew’s father and Kim’s husband
The Story Line:
The highly contagious eruption has ravaged the humanity. Paul with wife Sarah and Travis, the teenager son has isolated themselves inside their home that was deep in the forests in the undisclosed location. When Bud, Sarah’s father, contracted the disease, they murdered him and burnt his remains in the shallow grave. The following evening, they have captured an intruder that is breaking inside their house. Paul tied him to the tree and placed the bag over the head all night to verify that he is not bearing the disease. Will, the stranger, explained that he was not aware that the house has occupants and was only looking for some fresh water for him, for his young son and for his wife. Will handed to trade some of the supply of their food for some water. Sarah suggested of bringing Will’s family to go back to their land, their home, saying that the more populace they have, the easier it is for them to defend themselves, in case, anyone else will discover their place. Paul agreed, and he brings Will to gather his family. On their way, they were ambushed by these two men. Paul murdered them and he accused Will of setting him up. Will pointed out that he also fought with the men and ease Paul’s mistrust.
After some days, Paul comes back again with Will, his son Andrew, and wife Kim. After setting up the rules that Sarah and Paul have applied to remain safe, with keeping an only entrance that is protected with a key Sarah or Paul wore around the neck, and maintaining minimum nighttime tour, the two kin started to set up the sense of familiarity and became with one another. One day, Stanley, Travis’s dog started barking aggressively and hunts the unseen presence from the woods. Travis followed his dog deeper in the woods just before Stanley’s barking abruptly ceases. Travis insisted to Will and Paul that he perceived something from the woods, and so they decided to go back home, as Paul insisted Stanley knows the forest will find his way back home. That evening, Will seemed to contradict with the story he told to Paul earlier regarding what he and also Kim were doing before finding the dumped house. This makes Paul to start distrusting Will.
The Writers View:
This movie is a post-apocalyptic film and for the remaining 20 minutes the film showed promises, good mood and visuals. But, as it goes, it crawls on repeated same shots and also it shocks the viewers after the hour passed by without anything happened. At this phase, the audiences were left thinking when the actual story will start. The plot elements were starting but then suddenly abandoned. A bit of mystery was a good idea for it heightens the audience fear, but still, it will to that point when you will need the actual narrative of the story to draw and have a figure of it all together. The ending really did force the climax.