The Vast of Night Review
The official explanation of The Vast of Night is:
In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever.
The move stars Sierra McCormick as 16 year old Fay Crocker who while working the operator switchboard for the sleepy little New Mexico town in the 1950's. Shortly after her shift starts the town's radios station news is interrupted by an weird noise. She hears the same noise again when someone calls in sounding frantic, but almost impossible to make out. After a few calls get cut off Fay calls the DJ Everett Sloan, played by Jake Horowitz, asking if he knows what it is.
Written by Andrew Patterson (as James Montague) and Craig W. Sanger, the movie has an X-Files - Twilight Zone feel to it. As with many small budget films it's more concerned with dialog than fancy visual effects to push the story along. The VFX that they do have is done exceptionally well. There is one long shot where the camera goes zipping around town from Fay through the high school basketball game to Everett. It's a super shot that's done seamlessly.
Director Andrew Patterson and cinematographer M.I. Littin-Menz create a moody expectant urgency that once you give into it you're swept into a story of why and what. The audience is not catered to or talked down to. It feels authentic, atmospheric, and a little weird in the best way.
The Vast of Night if available for streaming now on Amazon Prime.