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Take Shelter [Blu-ray]

Jessica Chastain , Michael Shannon , Jeff Nichols    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jessica Chastain, Michael Shannon
  • Directors: Jeff Nichols
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XY16G0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,139 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. When Curtis LaForche, a crew chief from Ohio, begins having dreams about a foreboding storm he starts building a shelter in his backyard for himself, his wife Samantha and his daughter, Hannah. As he tries desperately to stay sane, his obsessive actions become ever more erratic, placing his livelihood, his marriage and eventually his health in jeopardy. But the question remains: are Curtis’s apparitions real? Or is he beginning to follow a past family member down the road to mental illness?

Beautifully shot, and led by extraordinary, powerhouse performances from Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Boardwalk Empire) and Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, The Help), Take Shelter is one of the most magnificent and mesmerising thrillers of recent years and it’s gripping plotline will keep you guessing till the very end.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant 6 Feb 2012
Take Shelter is the story of small-town blue collar worker Curtis laForche. He begins to have vivid dreams of a coming storm that continue to appear well into his waking day. With a history of mental problems in the family, he struggles with these dreams, unsure of whether to act upon them or to write them off as the beginning of his decline into mental illness. When the frequency and intensity of the dream ramps up, Curtis decides to put all he has into building a shelter for himself and his family. Everyone thinks he is crazy, even Curtis questions his sanity, but just what if he is right?

Take Shelter is a slow-moving but powerful film. The idyllic small-town surrounds foster a sense of safety and security that seem at odds to Curtis' visions. As we see Curtis wrestle with his delusions we see his family members show concern for him as it affects his work and personality. Even the viewer is left in the dark as to what is happening until the very end and it is this uncertainty of 'is he or isn't he' that keeps an electric sense of tension throughout the 2 hour duration. The picturesque surrounds and ominous visions are all beautifully shot - A dystopia fans dream.

Highly recommended for a novel and truly intriguing film.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a movie, not to be missed 30 Jan 2012
I watched Take Shelter yesterday and was simply blown away(excuse the pun). The mesmerising climax was set up perfectly with a combination of real world issues, possible hereditary mental illness, the fantastic score (which I'm listening to as I write this by the way) and of course, finally, the powerful acting performances by Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain who play husband and wife, the show is almost stolen by little Tova Stewart, who plays the couples deaf daughter. I'm not going to bore you with a synopsis, just make sure you see this film. But how good is it you ask? Well I've shopped with Amazon for nearly 5 years and have never once wrote a review for a film or anything and after seeing this I felt compelled to do so. How this was overlooked by the Academy is beyond me, I'm not going to rant about that though! Just be there on March 19th to see this movie. Jaw dropping in its entirety.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annoy Your Friends: Watch this Film 21 July 2012
By Max
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You know when you watch a film that is truly marvellous, and can't stop gushing about it? Well this, for me, is that film. I literally bother everyone I know (and some I don't) with how great this film is, and what stop bothering them until they've watched it and can carry on spreading the Gospel of Jeff Nichols, Michael Shannon et al.
Some people comment on the slow pace, but I can safely I say I was on the edge of my seat so much I still have the crease mark to prove it. It wasn't a conventional action/thriller edge of your seat type feeling; it was uncomfortable, exhilarating and truly gripping - every 156 minutes or so of it.
Shannon was in truly magnificent form, and I was very touched by his apparent downward spiral in to mental illness. I think with a lot of actors the whole 'waking up from a bad dream' thing would tire quickly - both for actor and viewer. But Shannon's character was believable every time he shot up from bed in a whimpering, sodden mess.
What's more co stars Jessica Chastain and Shea Whigham, as well as the daughter played by Tova Stewart (who reminded me very much of my niece) made this film a pleasure from start to finish.
I can't wait for Jeff Nichols' next venture.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow But Intriguing 20 Mar 2012
Strange mix of Field Of Dreams (building the shelter), Knowing (without the aliens) and a Shaymalan movie. It does move quite slowly and alternates between family and psycholgical drama with overtones of coming darkness. The dreams and visions are very creepy.

Don't exect Twister, ID4 or 2012 but the denouement at the very end of the film is quite satisfying and will answer the question troubling you since the start of the movie - is he quite mad or really a seer with premonitions of impending disaster?

Well worth a watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not quite the storm i was expecting 19 May 2012
great acting by everybody involved and some hairy dream scenes, but i felt it lacked in overall punch and you know the ending is comming right from the start, couldnt recommend this except to those with an aquired taste for films just left of centre
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine acting and lots to think about 25 Mar 2012
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If you've enjoyed Boardwalk Empire you might for that reason alone enjoy watching two of the actors doing something completely different, acting in a modern day drama which has vivid and realistic characters and is a sort of parable of our times. Yes, some will find it very slow going. Some critics describe the entire film as a shaggy dog story, a tale which leads nowhere in particular. The ending certainly is thought provoking. The DVD has some worthwhile extras which give more of a clue about the intention of the writer/director. We live in an age where many of us are conscious of a feeling of impending doom and disaster - some of us focus on global warming, others on unemployment or businesses going bust, others on terrorism. Or even just the normal fear of disease and death. The protagonist of the film has a premonition of imminent disaster, of a terrible storm. He chooses to share this premonition only with his family because they are his responsibility, not with the world at large. Interestingly his daughter is deaf. Some would say the plot would have made just as much sense if she hadn't been deaf. But her deafness is, I think, making a point about how dependent we are on our physical senses and cannot rely on the senses of others to help us interpret the world. Whether the premonition is objectively true or a symptom of mental illness is one of the main themes of the film, as is the way that by worrying about the future we sometimes make the present more uncomfortable for ourselves and for everyone around us. For others the main theme might be whether your love for your spouse can survive under this sort of stress and whether you should be loyal at all costs. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars very slow boring film
i can only think of three words to describe this film,boring,boring, wife and i were really looking forward to watching this film after reading all the positive... Read more
Published 2 months ago by darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking story-telling
This is amazing; simply breathtaking movie to watch.
I purchased it on a whim, simply because I like Michael Shannon and I wasn't disappointed. I love how it was filmed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ms Carey Faherty
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD
Great film we all watched this one and all loved it. Kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Published 4 months ago by TAB
4.0 out of 5 stars Great drama film!
Curtis LaForche plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Simon
4.0 out of 5 stars heard about it
I rate this 4, as I like these types of film, as it is nearer the truth. looking forward to finding more like it....
Published 7 months ago by derrick roland wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
Great price i.e very cheap, great time for delivery! Would use again! and recommend to family and friends! Great value for money!
Published 8 months ago by chelsie Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars There is one great scean
And yes if you're a movie lover its worth watching the whole movie all the way so you can watch the "celler" scene amazing... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Random Ginger Ninja
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Shannon is the boss!
Is there anything he can't do? This is a great and intriguing film about a husband and father who begins to have dreams about a coming storm. Is he crazy? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jack Goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Soon?
It must always be very difficult (/risky?) for a film director (and maybe even more so for a 33-year old relatively inexperienced one) to devise a film whose (critical) success is... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tension
Great tension building. For anyone into survival after a coming disaster this film tantalizes and tries to give answers for why people are getting feelings of impending doom. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D. J. Washington
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