Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service is carving out a little niche for itself as the premiere stop for quality sci-fi content. Between recent original series like Upload and Tales from the Loop, strategic acquisitions like The Expanse, and forthcoming big-budget epics like Lord of the Rings: The Second Age and The Wheel of Time, it’s a good time to be an Amazon subscriber with a geek streak.

The surprise hit currently burning up the charts on Amazon Prime Video certainly fits into this pattern. It’s called The Vast of Night, a 2019 sci-fi film that sadly never had the chance to reach the wide audience that it deserved in theaters. Set in the 1950s in Cayuga, New Mexico, The Vast of Night centers around a switchboard operator named Fay Crocker (Sierra McCormick) and a radio DJ called Everett (Jake Horowitz). When the two teenagers discover an aberrant audio frequency transmitting in the radio range — emanating through Fay’s switchboard and interrupting Everett’s broadcast of their high school basketball game — they team up to investigate its origins. 

James Montague and Craig W. Sanger co-wrote The Vast of Night, which is the directorial debut of Andrew Patterson, a name to watch in the industry. The flick premiered to widespread acclaim at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival, followed that debut with a limited release to drive-in movie theaters across the country, then finally reached Amazon Prime Video on May 29, 2020.

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