In the film, Ray (Skarsgård), Claire (Riseborough) and their seven-year-old daughter, Zoe, are an average American family in Kingsville, North Carolina – except they have existed in a bomb shelter since escaping a day of devastation that changed everything. For 301 days, they have transformed their cement prison into a home, holding on to memories of the past and hope for a normal life someday. And for 301 days, the family has eluded what looms above the surface – the heavy breathing and booming footsteps that punctuate the night, threatening their fragile existence. All the while, the family has managed to stay hidden. Until now. Now their safe haven has been breached… and something is coming for them.
User Reviews: I loved everything about this movie; the acting, the set-up, the slow burn, the reveal. Everything worked so well that it was a just a joy of a film to watch. That little girl is so damned talented, and the parents were so convincing, I actually wondered if they knew that they were being filmed while they were acting.
Interestingly, the best thing about this film had to be the third act. You think the film is about one thing, and then it flips that upside down in such a way as to have you wondering how you never guessed where they were going with the story in the first place. It was just an amazing sense of progression that was well realized, nicely paced, and incredibly effective.
If there is any movie that deserves to be seen by as many people as possible, this is definitely the one. No one saw this coming, and I am SHOCKED that this film did not receive a wide theatrical release. Everyone deserves to be praised for their work in this movie. It really is superlative cinema.