Await Further Instructions (2018)
August 10, 2019 10:53 AM - Subscribe

A family's Christmas takes a strange turn when they awake to find themselves trapped inside and begin receiving mysterious instructions through the television.
posted by DirtyOldTown (4 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I found the ending super unsatisfying... but the buildup to that point wasn’t bad.
posted by one4themoment at 12:45 PM on August 10 [1 favorite]


It would have made a nice Black Mirror or Twilight Zone ep if it had been tightened up a bit and if the satire had been allowed to be funny occasionally.

Still, the overall theme: that people who unquestionably follow what they see on TV are easily manipulated into being dangerous... Well, if anything that's so timely, it's fucking uncomfortable.

Pretty solid though. It's in that gray area where I'd recommend it to genre fans, but might not quite be able to do so for general moviegoers.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:02 PM on August 10 [1 favorite]


Just saw this last night. While I was (and still am, tbh) a bit unsure about the tonal shift in the final act, it’s definitely a solid addition to the field for anyone that already has a personal list of favorite low-budget xmas horror.
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 5:44 PM on August 11


I enjoyed this, but it's apparently one of those circumstances where someone said, "What if a dysfunctional family was presented with mysterious fucked-up instructions and chose to follow them beyond reason?" and everyone thought it was a great idea, but then someone said "Uh, where are these instructions coming from?" and they had to extend the script to explain it, and that explanation dragged the script down.

This is definitely one of those movies where Act II is what's important and Act III should be left off. The movie Circle is a good example of how this should be done.

But still, I enjoyed it.
posted by ejs at 9:17 PM on August 12 [1 favorite]


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