Midnight Special film review

This review is by Jacob Kindberg, a film director known for Sing Over Me, a documentary about worship, identity, and the transformative power of the Gospel.

With “Midnight Special” internationally renowned indie director Jeff Nichols makes his first foray into the Sci-fi genre, and for the most part it is a groundbreaking success. The film is smart, unpredictable, and thrilling, but its emotional resonance is hindered by its obscurity and a fumbled third act. With strong performances across the board, a taut script, and incredible visuals, it is a good film that might have been great.

Nichols regular Michael Shannon turns in a typically stellar turn as Roy, the father of Alton, a young boy with mysterious powers played by Jaeden Lieberher. The story follows father and son as they run from multiple groups interested in the child’s unique abilities, including a religious cult and the federal government. Rounding out the incredible cast is Adam Driver, who plays an NSA specialist, Joel Edgerton, a childhood friend of Roy who helps the duo flee, and Kirsten Dunst, Alton’s mother.

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Take Shelter Film Review

Schizophrenia is a frequently misunderstood mental health diagnosis.  It gets confused with Multiple Personality Disorder, where one assumes multiple identities.  But symptomatically, schizophrenia is more accurately characterized by visual and aural hallucinations, delusions, or the belief that there are people and objects in places where they actually aren’t.  “Take Shelter” is framed around this diagnosis, delivering what was one of the best films I have ever seen.  Rife with tension, brilliantly acted, and technically masterful, it deserves a place in your home theater line-up.

“Take Shelter” is a film about a family.  The Father, Curtis (Michael Shannon) and his wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) live in a rural part of Ohio with their daughter Hannah (Tova Stewart).  One day, Curtis walks outside into the rain, only to notice it is a dark yellow color.  From here, Curtis begins to have visions, hear sounds of thunder, and have nightmares which leave him frightened to his core.  Some of the visions are in dreams, others are while awake, but all of them feel real to Curtis.  To make matters more scary, be seems to be alone in his experiences.
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