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Movie Review – Midnighters (2018)

Midnighters. 2018.

Directed by Julius Ramsay.

Starring Alex Essoe, Perla Haney-Jardine, Dylan McTee, and Ward Horton.

Synopsis:

Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime and find themselves entangled in a Hitchcockian web of deceit and madness.

Julius Ramsay’s Midnighters evokes a self-proclaimed “Hitchcockian” blend of American Psycho (suburban Patrick Bateman) and Body (the Larry Fessenden one). Reliant on multiple twists that elongate a young couple’s catastrophic 24-ish hours of torture, but undeserving of one-too-many jarring pivots. It’s not enough that characters are distressed by an accidental death. Players grind their own secretive mistrust into a story that – itself – is (over)loaded with mischief around every turn. Predictably unpredictable, and shot with a static evenness that begs for more livened madness.

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