Silent Night Movie
Silent Night, a 2021 British-American apocalyptic comedy film. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp, Sope Dirisu, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy Punch, and Rufus Jones are among the cast members. On September 16, 2021, it made its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
AMC+ / RLJE Films will distribute it in the United States on December 3, 2021, and Altitude Film Distribution will release it in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2021.
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Silent Night Release Date
On September 16, 2021, it made its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film’s U.S. distribution rights had previously been acquired by RLJE Films and AMC+. On December 3, 2021, it will be released in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Silent Night Cast
- Keira Knightley as Nell
- Roman Griffin Davis as Art
- Matthew Goode as Simon
- Annabelle Wallis as Sandra
- Lily-Rose Depp as Sophie
- Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Alex
- Sope Dirisu as James
- Rufus Jones as Tony
- Lucy Punch as Bella
What is Silent Night About
While destruction looms, an extended family gathers for a Christmas dinner in the country. The party, armed with government-issued death pills, awaits the end of the world, when lethal toxic vapors will flood the devastated environment.
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Silent Night Plot
“Silent Night” is an unsettling exercise in desire fulfillment. Keira Knightley’s stressed hostess announces near the beginning of Camille Griffin’s ambitious, genre-bending debut feature that this year’s holiday will be “all about love and forgiveness”: the kind of thing people say every year, of course, though this time the instruction has a sort of last-rites finality to it. This, it appears, will be every guest’s final Christmas. A deadly cloud of poison is sweeping the globe, and it’s expected to hit Knightley’s opulent house in the English countryside just after midnight on December 26, leaving the visitors with little choice except to drink.
That sets the tone for some spectacular end-of-days action, but “Silent Night” never quite delivers. Perhaps it’s true that the world will end with a whimper rather than a bang, but one can’t help but believe that some of the petty drama Griffin has concocted here isn’t quite up to the task. Indeed, her debut is most effective when it avoids the “Peter’s Friends”-style dramas — between a group of one-dimensional characters who never quite convince as people who would willingly hang out together — and instead veers into darker, horror-adjacent territory, toward a twist that is both tingly and a tad predictable.
At the very least, “Silent Night” extends Knightley’s Christmas-movie legacy beyond “Love Actually’s” most inadvertently disturbing thread. Her likable, appropriately flustered performance as a wife and mother immersed in the usual pressures of Christmas hosting — if only to distract herself from the more extraordinary concerns brewing outside — holds this uneven enterprise together in much the same way her character Nell maintains her game face as her party lurches into episodes of panic, terror, and heated ethical debate. However, during the first 20 minutes of the film, it’s all standard-issue Christmas fare, complete with Michael Bublé’s joyful soundtrack: Nell is concerned.
It’s until halfway through dinner that the topic everyone has been trying to avoid comes up, and “Silent Night” ultimately shows itself as a last-night-on-Earth scenario, similar to Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” as reimagined by Richard Curtis. The impending poison is claimed to induce a protracted and agonizing death if it is consumed; instead, the government is advising the general populace to take suicide tablets. Although Nell and her husband Simon (Matthew Goode) had dutifully collected theirs for the entire family, not everyone at the event agrees: Sophie (Lily-Rose Depp), the lone American girlfriend of practical minded doctor James (Sope Dirisu), asks the question of why.
The ensuing existential argument clashes with the more mundane bickering over naughty kids, secret crushes, and who has (or hasn’t) slept with whom: We can never really invest in the characters, which range from vain, lustful trophy wife Sandra (Annabelle Wallis) to funky, foul-mouthed lesbian Bella (Lucy Punch), because they are such narrow, conceived-in-a-vacuum caricatures. While Griffin’s script makes a passing reference to English class politics, designating Nell as an image of the Aga-owning, Waitrose-shopping upper classes from the start, the group appears to be so vaguely and universally well-off (they all attended to the same private school, for example).
Among all the squabbling, boozing, and late-nighty boogying, it takes a child to bring everything back around to the apocalypse — in a startlingly visceral way that teases a more harsh, intriguing, and honest film behind all the sparkly seasonal wrapping. “Silent Night” never reveals its darkest possibilities since it is distracted for extended stretches by ribbons and bows: Even when the party is a shambles, it remains sober and well-behaved.