BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
Await Further Instructions is one film that has been on my wish list for a while, really, ever since it came out. I just really liked the sound of it, and, risky, I know, but when I watched the trailer, I even really enjoyed that. 'On Christmas Day, a family wakes up to find a mysterious black substance surrounding its house, and its TV screen broadcasts a single message: "Stay Indoors and Await Further Instructions."'
I liked this film from the get go. Know why? The insanely relate able characters and the fact that Christmas is seriously that stressful sometimes... I feel like most people can relate to at least a few characters in this film, mainly the worried son or daughter bringing home their better half for the first time, and the racist, opinionated old person. We've all met one of those, let's be fair... As soon as the first scene opens, Nick really is not keen on him and his girlfriend, Annji, going to his for Christmas - and you can see why as soon as they walk through the door. Soon as they get there, Granddad mentions someone from "Bongo bongo land" as soon as he looks at Annji and notices a bombing on the news, and shit almost hits the fan. It flies towards the fan, but just misses it, as it is far too early for it to fully hit it after all. The film has only just started!
Throughout Await Further Instructions, there is a serious impending doom feeling, that just seems to get stronger and stronger as the film goes on. It starts when Nick and Annji first get there and Granddad starts being his normal, racist self, and the feeling just gets even stronger when the TV goes on and the house goes into lockdown.
See, who wouldn't like that storyline!? Good old technology taking over our lives again, as Granddad would probably say, apart from is it, or is it something else? That I won't say as I feel like that could give too much away, what I will say, is that I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. I think I preferred the film when it was less monsters/creatures/whatever is controlling the TV, and more when it was unknown and the humans were paranoid. I am a mean person for liking the fact it made all the humans paranoid, but that is one of the best things here. The way the humans take it into their own hands and as the time goes on, each one tests the other as to how far they would go to stop the unknown thing keeping them there... It's good!
People becoming panicked and trying to sort things themselves is one of my favourite things in films, as it just make the movie so much more realistic and scary. We are all humans and we are surrounded by other humans, and what each of us is capable of is a scary thing, and Await Further Instructions ran with that idea. They ran so fast with that idea and it really worked, worked to the point I was worried that some were not even human anymore...
The ending is hard to describe without giving it away. I am going to say I liked some of it but not others. I loved the 'reanimated' part of it, if you've seen it, you'll know, I didn't really get the ending, but I still really enjoyed the film so that does not take any enjoyment away for me at all. Just because I didn't get it, doesn't mean it was done badly. The cast is also all round great, the dad especially was creepy as hell, and not someone I would want to spend Christmas with...
Overall, great film. Great film if you are bored of re-runs of Miss Marple and Call the Midwife at Christmas too. Stick this on, the grandparents will love it...
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..