He's not like us.
A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
A father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers.
Michael Shannon Jaeden Martell Joel Edgerton Kirsten Dunst Adam Driver David Jensen Sam Shepard Scott Haze Dana Gourrier Paul Sparks Kerry Cahill Bill Camp Billy Slaughter Lucy Faust Sean Bridgers Allison King Sharon Landry Sharon Garrison James Moses Black Yvonne Landry Maureen Brennan Ann Mahoney Garrett Hines Wayne Pére Dane Rhodes Lee Zurik Nicondra Norwood Sam Malone Sean Kaplan Show All…
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Really torn about this one. I think the use of this wild sci-fi chase as one big allegory for parenthood is really clever, but the family unit at the center of it all is really underdeveloped. Some of the scenes are very effective in both their suspense and their surprise, but others felt completely pointless. (Why watch Adam Driver “figure it out” if he never tells us what he found out and it ultimately didn’t matter whether he figured it out anyway?) Jeff Nichols’ previous films did a remarkable job of using genre trappings to explore rich and fascinating characters; Midnight Special feels way too wrapped up in its plotting and mysteries at the expense of its characters, something that…
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As cliche as this is, there's absolutely nothing special about Midnight Special. The film is well-made, but the script is as scarce as water in the desert. There's just nothing to this movie. A kid has special powers, Michael Shannon "kidnaps" him and he has to get him somewhere. We have no idea how or why this boy has these powers. The majority of the movie takes place in a car. The performances weren't necessarily bad, everyone was just so flat. But the actors were literally given almost nothing to work with. There isn't much character interaction, so I literally didn't care about anyone in this film. There's also zero chemistry between father and son or between any characters for…
Jeff Nichols's Midnight Special buries itself in secrets and a brooding, lucid sense of ambiguity, and it's exciting and unbalanced in equal measure. Carried by great performances (although Kirsten Dunst is sorely underused) and a truly hypnotic score, this sci-fi road-trip genre mix has its heart and mind in the right place, both as a late-70s/80s homage and a familial drama, but all of the mysteries never materialize in any satisfying form. Even worse is how the film lures the audience into reaching out for the ideas slightly beyond them even though there's no attempt of foundation or building the rules of its world. Jeff Nichols, at the very least, understands tone and committing to a singular, pulsating rhythm,…
Midnight Special begins in a dank motel room. The windows have been boarded shut. Nancy Grace spews an Amber Alert through the tinny speakers of the tube television in the corner. Roy (Michael Shannon) and Lucas (Joel Edgerton) are the kind of guys who would look like kidnappers even if they didn’t have a small boy stashed in the crevasse between the room’s two moldy beds. Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) sits on the floor with swimming goggles over his eyes, strangely docile and unperturbed for someone who’s meant to have been abducted; the kid hardly even seems to flinch when Roy yanks him into the backseat of his 1972 Chevelle. There’s no indication of where they’re going, but Lucas’ decision to…
Alton Meyer: Dad?
Alton Meyer: Are you scared?
Alton Meyer: You don't have to worry about me.
Roy: I like worrying about you.
Alton Meyer: You don't have to anymore.
Roy: I'll always worry about you Alton. That's the deal.
Textbook case of being consistently intrigued without ever really becoming involved. For some reason, the emotional core of this film seems to have gone missing—I can see where it's supposed to reside, but the love Alton's parents feel for him is oddly abstract, perhaps because E.T. seems more human than he does. Nichols' allergy to exposition fosters suspense, but it also means that the story's nonsensical elements (e.g. why does Alton need to be "kidnapped" if Dad is planning to take him to exactly the same location that the cult was, for the same reason?) get exposed en masse in the final reel. I felt let down, basically. But that's always a danger with speculative fiction, and if Nichols fails to stick the landing, at least he stays aloft as long as he possibly can.
Jeff Nichols is our savior from run-of-the-mill studio movies.
This is a film for the people who like not being spoon-fed every bit of information. This is for the people who don't mind being in the dark. This film is for the mysterious. This film is great.
Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, and Kirsten Dunst. Terrific.
This was also the first time that Adam Driver hasn't bothered the crap out of me in a movie.
The less you know, the better. I'd say more, but I'm going to be careful and run no risk of spoiling anything.
Nichols best film since his masterpiece 'Take Shelter'.
Packed with weighty existential and supernatural themes and ideas set to a deliberately paced puzzle, at its heart, this movie is about the mournful power of fatherhood. An original and inventive, utterly arresting cosmic thriller that keeps its cards well hidden, the film's real drama lies in a father's belief in his son and disbelief in the system. Wrought with tension throughout, and with committed performances, the big realization at the end is the enormously refreshing feeling of experiencing originality in a mainstream (albeit relatively low-budget) blockbuster.
Is it good?
What is this Midnight Special about?
It's basically sort of a superhero movie. Actually, I'd say it's more of a "superpower" movie.
I like superhero movies. Will I enjoy this?
This one's a lot more grounded and a lot less action-packed than your usual Marvel/DC blockbuster fare. Right now, the closest comps I could think of (in terms of style and genre) is Unbreakable and Chronicle. Tonally, it's closer to the former, but overall, the film doesn't share much similarities to either of the two. It's actually closer to E.T., only more mature and violent (although blood is rarely shown and most of the violence is implied and done off-screen). And…
Really enjoyed this road-movie flashback to the 1980s, equal parts Firestarter and E.T. with Close Encounters Of The Third Kind thrown in. But I wish it had a little more of the Jeff Nichols-specific magic to it, the depth of emotion and richness of writing that's defined his other movies. Nichols has admitted himself that he may have cut too much from this film to keep the story as cohesive as it should have been. In the end, I wanted his full version of the story, in novel form, spelling out all the things he glided over, as much as I wanted this film.
A sci-fi thriller that puts story and characters before special effects, Midnight Special is a strange, nuanced, poignant tale of family and faith guided by an ensemble of excellent performances.
Looking at his filmography, I'd say it is impossible to ignore the storytelling talent of Mr. Nichols. No matter where he takes us, his ability to craft compelling stories and characters is one I admire greatly.
And for the better part, Midnight Special is no different. From the opening moments it's clear this is going to be Nichol's love letter to the science fiction genre. The first two acts are nigh perfection. A slow and deliberate show and tell that reveals a lot, yet still keeps you intrigued. As mundane as the plot may seem, it's Nichol's Midas touch and the great character work by the cast that lifts this several cuts above the rest.
Shannon's performance especially is as…
I love this cast. Half a star bump up this go around.
Started off strong, but kinda started to fizzle out towards the end. Could have benefited from some more character development towards the tail end of the film, and this film was a criminal underutilization of Kirsten Dunst.
Taki właśnie film zrobiłby Richard Kelly, gdyby po "Donnie Darko" starczyło mu talentu ;)
Terrific sci-fi, mystery, action movie with a good cast and score. Keeps its cards close to it's chest around the meanings and answers of the film.
The best Spielberg movie since Lincoln. Perhaps a little long, but it surprised me in little ways.
Crazy ass movie
Formulaic, underdeveloped, and over all underwhelming. If the story had been beefed up a little, some actual scientific explanation for the “science fiction” aspect , and some more depth given to the characters I would have been more interested.
Also those light up eyes just looked dumb.
Oh que c'est mysterieux. Oh que ça fait peur. Oh que c'est ennuyeux.
Der Film von „Take Shelter“-Regisseur Jeff Nichols ist alles andere als glattpolierte Mainstreamware, sondern eine absolut eigenwillige, durch und durch persönliche Liebeserklärung an das Kino der 1980er Jahre, auf die man sich einlassen muss. Wer seine Augen und sein Herz allerdings für diese Vision öffnet, der lernt hier auch wieder über die kleinen Dinge zu staunen – ganz in der Tradition von Filmen wie „E.T. – Der Außerirdische“...
Die Figur, um die sich alles dreht, ist der junge Alton Meyer. Seine bewaffneten Entführer Roy (Jeff-Nichols-Stammschauspieler Michael Shannon) und Lucas (Joel Edgerton) werden nervös – es ist Zeit zum Aufbruch … Unterdessen wird die Farm von Altons Ziehvater Calvin (Sam Shepard), einem texanischen Prediger und Sektenguru, vom FBI gestürmt...
Und die wichtigste Frage im Film, gestellt von NSA-Agent Sevier (Adam Driver), lautet: „Was wissen Sie über Alton Meyer?“
A surprisingly good sci-fi movie. Can tend to be a little slow but the ending is worth it.
This was pretty wonderful tbh
michael shannon is the sexiest man in this film and yes i saw adam driver