Macabre...ish Horror Review: The Night Eats The World
The Night Eats The World (La nuit a dévoré le monde), 2018/ 1 hr 34 min
A man, Sam (Anders Danielsen Lie) wakes up at his ex’s to find her flat wrecked with blood on the walls, just a few hours ago there was party in full swing, whatever happened, he slept through it. When he tries to leave, 2 violent women with terrible injuries, try to force their way in. Outside there’s more disarray, the streets of Paris are only alive with zombies. Except when a family tries to unsuccessfully escape.
Sam seems to be alone and trapped in the building and he decides to pass the time by cleaning up the bloody flat, until he’s almost killed by the downstairs neighbors’ suicide. The round exited the poor man’s head and through the ceiling/floor.
After a while, Sam just settles in, collecting food, entertaining himself, he has an elevator zombie buddy, almost gets eaten trying to lure a cat inside. And one day, Sam sees signs of actual life and she, Sarah (Golshifteh Farahani) makes contact. What follows afterward is one of the most exhilarating and heartbreaking parts of the movie. Devastating really.
Although this is a (French!) zombie movie with good zombie acting and effects, this is really about a survivor of the apocalypse and his loneliness and bleak existence. The high cost of accidents and mistakes in such an environment. And how life and existence is valued or easily devalued. This is a heavy movie. Well done.