post-apocalyptic

[Netflix Review] Into the Night Season 1 (2020) ★★★★☆

Ayaz keeps Terenzio at gun point on the plane in Into the Night season 1

Into the Night is a thrilling rollercoaster that keeps you on the edge of your seat.


Into the Night is a Belgian Netflix Original science fiction apocalyptic thriller series that will keep you on the edge of your seat during the whole flight. It’s a rollercoaster of events that takes place mainly on an airplane and with just a couple of characters. Fleeing from a deadly solar event the passengers must find a way to survive and to keep the peace between them while emotions are running high. 

It focuses mainly on the survival and less on character development and drama. It’s not about the how and why and it doesn’t go deeper into the scientific explanation, it’s all about the thrill of the ride flight which makes it a highly entertaining series. It’s a series that works best if you don’t know too much about it and just start watching. 

This review contains no spoilers.

This first season consists of 6 episodes with each a duration of 35-40 minutes with a non-stop thrilling flight. It is therefore a perfect series to watch in one go from beginning till the end. It is highly recommended to watch the series with its original French audio and with subtitles in your own language if possible. 


Plot

When at the airport in Brussels during the night an armed man rushes aboard an airplane it seems at first that the plane is being hijacked. But the man claims that they have to outrun the sun to survive. While the plane takes off with just a handful of passengers and just a co-pilot they soon come to know more about the solar event that takes place and that they have to keep flying westward to survive. But how long can they outrun the sun, how long before they run out of gasoline and what about the passengers who keep dangerous secrets?


Why you should watch it

If you are into a thrilling and exciting ride, then this is just the series to watch. It keeps you on the edge of your seat from the start till the end. Every time you think they have some space to breath, something will happen to aggravate their problems. These plot devices are mostly organically and logically placed at just the right times. Sometimes it’s an action of a passenger, sometimes it’s new survivors, sometimes it’s a side effect of the solar event and sometimes it’s just Murphy’s Law. But each new problem or obstacle they have to overcome never feels artificial or forced into the story. 

The passengers and co-pilot at first seem to be stereotypes, but due to short and quick flashbacks we get to know a little bit more about them, making their actions, behavior and motivations more understandable. They’re just about enough fleshed out to care for them or in fact come to dislike them. It’s a very diverse little group with different nationalities and they’re lucky to have exactly the right men and women on board to survive an apocalypse like this. Because there are just a few of them, it’s easy to decipher who’s who very quickly and what role they play. 

While the only real deadly threat is the sun, they make it hard for themselves due to conflict and friction amongst them, which is also cause for enough thrilling scenes. Some act rationally, some are born leaders, some are wannabe leaders, some want power and control and each one of them has choices to make, to be egotistical, or to be helpful. Difficult dilemmas have to be made while they have to depend on each other, even if some are not to be trusted. 

It has a very fast pace, due to the short episodes. The characters each have a part to play and bring in something valuable. Some get more attention than others, turning them into the more important main characters. There are a lot of twists and turns that keep it very exciting and intriguing and the tension is relentless. So get on board of this hell of a flight. 


My favorite part

The last two episodes the tension really lifts off. A dramatic event changes everything and it comes down to an all or nothing situation that doesn’t only keep you on the edge of your seat anymore, but instead you have to be careful not to fall off. It’s so thrilling and a race against the clock but it is also an opening for a second season. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★☆

Thrill factor: ★★★★★

Drama factor: ★★★☆☆

Entertaining factor: ★★★★★


Cast and crew

Into the Night is created by Jason George. It stars Pauline Etienne (Sylvie), Laurent Capelluto (Mathieu), Stefano Cassetti (Terenzio), Mehmet Kurtulus (Ayaz), Babetida Sadjo (Laura), Jan Bijvoet (Rik), Ksawery Szlenkier (Jakub), Vincent Londez (Horst), Regina Bikkinina (Zara), Alba Gaïa Bellugi (Ines) and Nabil Mallat (Osman).

Music: Photek. Cinematography: Thomas Hardmeier. Production company: Entre Chien et Loup. Distributed by: Netflix.


Check the trailer below