SILENT NIGHT (2021)
Forcing reflection on our collective current reality in an allegorical dark comedy, Silent Night misses the important foundational steps that result in an unfortunate ineffective misfire.
When a couple (Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode) invites their friends to join them for Christmas, impending doom is on the horizon as a deadly threat moves their way. Written and directed by Camille Griffin, Silent Night has a lot of fun moments and some solid performances; Keira Knightley delivers an impassioned showing, yet Annabelle Wallis and Roman Griffin Davis steal the show. For as good as the performances can be, the characters are thinly written, the lack of development resulting in the absence of empathy, even as things go sideways. There seems to be a solid idea at the core of Silent Night, one that, if executed properly, would evoke strong emotions as the world continues to struggle through a pandemic, but it never comes to fruition. As the threat arrives, you still don’t care what happens to any of these characters.
There is an essential problem with delivery beyond the characters, as well. It isn’t totally clear what dangers lie beyond the walls of the home until much later, poor CGI work ushering it in with still not a lot of exposition to establish what is happening. If there is a message in Griffin’s film, it goes largely unheard.
Silent Night hits select theaters this Friday.
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