The Vast of Night – Style over Substance

Rating (2.5 out of 5)

Summary: The movie draws you into the lives of the radio DJ and the telephone operator quickly. You are drawn as the story transitions from one scene to the next revealing a mystery. The phone call into the radio station about the sounds was pivotal. Boy I was hooked. But this intelligence of story building then gives way to the main people running around town and an all too boring of a reveal. I was disappointed in the end.

Plot: One fateful night in New Mexico, DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) and Fay Crocker (Sierra McCormick) follow clues about the weird sounds they hear at the radio station that leads them to UFOs.

Details: The scene where Everett and Fay are listening to caller about his story was awesome. There wasn’t a ton of action on screen. You are simply watching them listen to a caller. Somehow, the scene draws you into the characters and the story.

There were scenes like that for the first 1/2 of the movie that are noteworthy. The movie spirals down after they met the old woman who would reveal more secrets to them. The scene erased what was previously a great conversation with the radio caller. The discussion seemed necessary to take the movie in an obvious direction that would lead to a UFO.

The movie then has a bunch of characters rushing around chasing lights. These scenes discard the thoughtfulness of the first half of the movie. The film was one and a half hours, but we rush to the final in about 10 minutes. A haphazard feeling was what I as left with.