I went to see a horror movie called “It Comes at Night” on Wednesday. I will try to describe my thoughts without giving too much away about the movie — stop here for potential spoilers.
The story was interesting and left me pondering about what really happened in the end.
The characters’ human condition was challenged as they faced decisions that would mean life or death for their entire family.
Stories like this one make me feel uneasy because it frightens me if there is the smallest chance of it happening in real life — I’m less scared of a made up monster than of diseases and madmen.
I am not sure if the “disease” in this movie was because of biowarfare, vaccines or some “entity.” Regardless, I watched the characters struggle with the difficult decision to end lives and to protect their family.
The audience is to assume the characters lived a life just like you and I before the “disease” hit. Now there is no electricity, gas or running water.
According to one character, who said they haven’t seen anybody in miles, this most likely means there are no hospitals, police or military to help.
Some characters have fled from the city to seek safety in the woods, away from the diseased — they all have grim futures regardless.
To live, these characters must defend their home and family at all costs, which includes never fully trusting anyone and having the will to kill if need be.
What I find fascinating and scary is this very thing. The son, 17-year-old Travis, watches his father, Paul, kill the sickly and threaten the lives of those he is skeptical of. What will Travis think of his father now?
Before I watched the movie, I viewed an educational video from a university about the difference between rational and good. It explained how people believe they are being rational because the “benefits outweigh the costs” and “rational” does not necessarily equal “good.” To the university good and bad is a belief.
In Travis’ situation, he is battling this. Before everything hit the fan, the judicial system would take care of thieves and the hospital would take care of the sick. Now it doesn’t exist.
I can’t really say what “rational” decisions I would make during apocalyptic situation, but I don’t suggest breaking into my house if the time comes.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.