Silent Night – Bloody Hell

Rating (1.5 out of 5)

Summary: I knew coming in that there was a 50/50 shot this was going to be horrible, but I held out hope. Matthew Vaughn is involved as a producer, which increases the odds. The premise is interesting. Unfortunately, the movie gods were not on my side this time. “Silent Night” was gratingly horrible.

“Silent Night” never solidly picks a lane; dark comedy or drama. The indecision results in a giant blob of blah. There are 3 funny items: the reference to Princess Diana, the dad (Matthew Goode) having to fetch his son’s coke from the kitchen, and when Alex (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). These moments were so brief. The rest of the movie is filled with a flux of odd conversations that never really hold your attention.

The film is plagued with peculiar scenes. For example, they call their grandma to say goodbye before the gas cloud kills them. Why didn’t they bring the grandmother with them? Why didn’t they call her earlier? After concentrating on the country home the whole movie, why did the director suddenly change to the grandma’s flat for this one scene?

Scene after scene disappointed, falling short of drama and comedy. The dinner scene where the kids started arguing, the living room scene where the couples recounted their university days. Just slightest changes and commitment to a lane, and this could have been great.

When the script is littered with garbage, it is hard to pick on actors. However, the talent they had was underutilized and poorly directed. This was film disaster will ruin your holiday spirit.

Plot: Nell (Keira Knightley) invites her friends and their children to her family estate in the country to celebrate their last Christmas together before they kill themselves as the globe is consumed in a poisonous cloud of death.