Movie Review: ‘Midnighters’

Review by Caitlin Zeigler

After celebrating New Year’s at an office party, Lindsey (Alex Essoe) and her husband Jeff (Dylan McTee) head home. Unfortunately, they end up hitting someone with their car and when they believe he has succumbed to his injuries, they decide to drive home. They clean up and try to figure out what to do with his body, but this is only the beginning of a long and terrifying day. When Lindsey’s sister Hannah (Perla Haney-Jardine) comes home, the man who was thought to be dead, attacks her. If that’s not enough, Hannah finds a claim ticket and goes with Jeff to find out what’s waiting for them, while Lindsey thinks she’s talking to a detective.

“Detective” Smith (Ward Horton) is actually Hannah’s boyfriend, who she thought passed, and the claim ticket and the man they hit were all his doing. Smith wants what’s his and the man they hit was coming to collect what was his on Smith’s behalf. Things quickly turn into an all out war as no one can really be trusted. This film is one big standoff and no one really has great intentions, but if there’s one person who deserves to come out of all of this, it’s Lindsey.

She looks out for her delinquent sister, her no good husband, lies to keep them safe, works a job she doesn’t like to take care of them and doesn’t even get the respect and care she deserves. This film pits everyone against each other and apparently only one can come out on top. It’s good in that it’s unexpected of who turns on whom. It’s crazy that they are really okay with doing some really terrible things, but draw the line on other things. This film is satisfying because you see someone deal with ungrateful people and get rewarded in a pretty messed up way.

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