Plot: What’s it about?
When asked if I’d like to review Silent Night I quickly said “yes.” This was me thinking that maybe it would be some modern update of the killer “Santa” movie. While I was wrong, I am still glad I took the time to check this film out. While not the most pleasant film, it left a small mark on me. It presents a premise (one I’ll discuss in more detail in my next paragraph) that puts our characters in a predicament for which there’s no escape.
Set over a Christmas dinner, we’re introduced to various characters in an English countryside. Characters played by Matthew Goode, Keira Knightley, Roman Green Davis and more. It isn’t clear right away just what is happening. This might push some viewers away. To be sure, it almost had that effect on me, but I stuck it out. It’s one of those films that slowly grows on you. When I started this review I mentioned that I thought it would be a modern update of a horror film. While the central plot of the film is indeed horrific, this is more of a drama with small comedic elements before anything else. In short: We learn that there’s a rolling gas cloud that will result in the death of most all life forms. Pills have been delivered to most the population that, if consumed, will provide a quick and painless death. Obviously, some of the characters here aren’t so sure about taking it. And that’s the basic premise we’re presented with.
It is hard not to draw comparisons to the world we’re in today. We’ve gone through a global pandemic, and one doesn’t have to look very hard to see the ugliness of should one get a vaccine or not. I am not here to play politics, but it was hard not to draw comparisons. Of course the dilemma in the film is much more dire, but the internal conflict is present. I was reminded a bit of films like The Mist and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. We get a final twist just before the credits that may infuriate some viewers. Still, the film worked its way on me and provided an entertaining enough diversion.
Video: How’s it look?
The 2.39:1 transfer didn’t show any immediate flaws. It’s a modern film and was likely shot digitally, though I can’t confirm that. Visually speaking this isn’t the most striking film, but what is presented is shown with strong details. There weren’t any print flaws to speak of either. Viewers should feel pleased.
Audio: How’s it sound?
The DTS HD track is also solid. Mostly a vocal driven, film, there is the clarity we can expect. There’s music heard sporadically and the channels gets small usage. Like the transfer, the track should make viewers enjoy what is presented.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Deleted Scenes – While nothing essential, these are worth a single viewing.
- Alternate Ending – We’re treated to a trio and at least one of them works as well as the final one chosen. The others are still worth checking out.
The Bottom Line
Not an easy film to watch, the premise will likely start at least some debate. It got me thinking what I would do in this situation. It may lack replay value, but is worth a rental.