Movie Review: Await Further Instructions (2018)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2018 thriller starring Sam Gittins and Neerja Naik.

Synopsis: When Nick and his girlfriend, Annji, agree to have Christmas dinner with his estranged family, things predictably turn awkward as his family's racism and his father's controlling habits quickly rise to the surface. When they try to sneak away first thing in the morning, they discover the house is completely encased in metal. Believing there has been a terrorist attack, the family must rely on the emergency messages being broadcast on their television. However, as the messages become increasingly suspicious, Nick begins to suspect something else is going on.

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Review

It's been a while since my wife and I took the time to watch a movie together so, since we had some time yesterday evening, I looked for one on Netflix. After considering a couple other choices, I would up picking out this movie. Unfortunately, it turned out not to be as good as I was hoping it would.

OK, actually, that isn't totally truth. The first three-quarters of the film was actually pretty good with a family that was already on edge trapped together with no idea what was happening outside. That, alone, created a pretty tense situation even without the part about the mysterious messages on the TV screen.

I also liked how the majority of the family members seemed to be willing to blindly follow the messages, even as they became increasingly more vague and suspicious and people were dying as a result of some of the instructions. This made the film interesting because I wondered just how far the messages would wind up taking things. Plus, the mystery behind the messages just added to the suspense.

Unfortunately, while the majority of the film was decent, the ending was a bit of a let down. I'm not sure why, but there was just something about the ending made me feel as though it had been thrown together in a rush, as though the writers really didn't know how to end this film when they started it and just made it up as they went. As a result, while I'm certain there was supposed to be some sort of message about society's blind reliance on technology, it seemed watered down.

Await Further Instructions [Blu-ray]

It's Christmas Day and the Milgram family wake to find a mysterious black substance surrounding their house. Something monumental is clearly happening right outside their door, ...

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Final Opinion

It's an OK movie but falls apart (at least in my opinion) at the end. As a result, while I didn't hate it, I think it fell short of what it could have been.

My Grade: C

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Updated: 03/31/2019, StevenHelmer
 
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