Night

A sadist tortures a girl he kidnapped and broadcasts it over the internet.

 

United States
2019
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Sadist: 
Torturer
Stalker: 
Sneaker
2
For torture’s sake...
1.04
2
2
1.04
1
2
2
Editing
Plot
Ambiance
While this certainly isn’t traditional cinematography, Nicholas Michael Jacobs finds ways to get intimate with his characters. The camera work is rudimentary, but it shows what it needs to show to get us concerned. The scenes are barely lit. The subjects are centered. This is pretty much a found footage film, without the guarantee that anyone will actually find what we see.
There’s low-budget independent filmmaking, and then there’s this. The brutality looks fake and the transmission cuts, sporadically, for no good reasons. Ultimately, and no one’s judging you, if watching a poor girl getting kidnapped, tied to a chair, and being tortured sounds interesting, then this is for you. Just don’t watch this with your girlfriend... or your mom.
Now, this kind of story usually redeems itself with a clever twist and some sort of payback. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Night’s best achievement is how much it gets you invested in its two characters. You feel like you’re sitting in this room and watching it all happen. There is no artistic value, here. There is no second degree. This is dark as fuck.
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