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Gone in the Night

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Some gory violence in solid thriller about getting older.

Movie R 2022 90 minutes
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This deceptive thriller uses small, subtle touches and cleverly placed flashbacks to create and sustain a tense, dread-filled mood. This helps it effectively overcome the story's few small logic loopholes. The directorial debut of Eli Horowitz -- co-creator of the Julia Roberts series Homecoming -- Gone in the Night has a veneer of confidence as it unfolds. The opening sequence with Kath and Max simply driving through the woods, arguing over a playlist, and Max stopping to retrieve a lost hat, manages to create a sense of unease through seemingly innocuous events.

Horowitz drops small details -- such as a pair of green raincoats, a restaurant that only serves octopus, avocado plants, and a collector's punk rock T-shirt -- to jiggle the movie's balance, drawing viewers' attention to other places. At the center, thanks to committed performances by Ryder, Mulroney, and Tju, Gone in the Night grapples tantalizingly with questions about aging and experience and the ways those issues relate to couplehood. Max wants to go to raucous parties while Kath says "the world is so loud ... I can't hardly hear myself anymore." Most of this stuff works so well that the iffy plot setup and some of its logical fallout are easily forgiven.

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