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ARCADIAN Cinema Review***--

Cert 15 | 92 mins | 2024

3 Star

They Come at Night, Always.

From shorts and music videos, writer/director and visual effects, the talented Benjamin Brewer (Everything Everywhere All at Once, Reptile) jumps feet first into this Post-apocalyptic horror, written by producer Mike Nilon (Braven, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent) who frames the story around the idyllic green fields of the countryside where the days are filled with young love and the nights with sheer terror.

In the near future, man has polluted the planet, filling the air with toxic gasses, and polluting the water courses. Man is struggling to survive, non more so than Paul (Nicolas Cage, Tokarev, The Old Way, Willy’s Wonderland) who is a single father to his two newborn babies Thomas (Maxwell Jenkins, Lost in Space (TV Series), Joe Bell) and Joseph (Jaeden Martell, It, Knives Out). Paul must flee the city, if he and his two babies are to survive.

Now fifteen years later Paul, Joseph and Thomas are living in an isolated farm where the air is clearer and the water is pure. But life isn’t easy, as they try to eke out a meagre living on the green fields. Their nearest neighbours are some distance away, but Thomas tries to make the journey as often as possible, mainly to see Charlotte Rose (Sadie Soverall, Saltburn, Fate: The Winx Saga (TV Series)), The Rose’s daughter. Also, he does some work on their sheep farm.

The problem with visiting Charlotte is that he has to be home before darkness falls. That’s because the night brings horrors. Where they come from is a mystery as they didn’t exist fifteen years ago, but every night the house has to be boarded up against the attacks.

While Thomas is thinking about passion, Joseph is thinking about the monsters and how to capture one and do research on them. Who will come out on top?

Young love, science, and a deadly horror.

Arcadian sees Cage take a backseat and let the youth take the narrative of this shocker. Great acting and great special effects.

Be prepared to be scared.

Arcadian is in cinemas 14 June

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DirectorBenjamin Brewer
GenreAction, Horror, Thriller
StarringNicolas Cage, Jaeden Martell, Maxwell Jenkins, Sadie Soverall
Category: Cinema, Horror, Review