Take Shelter 2011

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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.

Starring:
Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker, Ray McKinnon
Director Jeff Nichols
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 19 March 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 0 minutes
Starring Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker, Ray McKinnon
Director Jeff Nichols
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 19 March 2012
Main languages English

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Max on 21 July 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By R. T. Morris on 30 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Danny Boy on 26 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
This film is a strange beast. A man dreams of an oncoming storm, unlike any before seen... but with every new vision, the storm and its effects are intensifying. And then the storm begins to cross over into his waking consciousness. But is it mental illness causing the visions, or something else?

Normally in this kind of movie, you'd expect to see certain things with a summary like that. A shedload of CGI effects, hysterics, DRAMA, arrests, that kind of thing. But no. This movie defies many conventions and goes for the understated approach, every single time. That mostly works in its favour- events certainly have a more realistic feel to them. The man in question is well portrayed as an average family man, who begins to question his own sanity; being fully aware of his own mothers' schizophrenia, he's understandably terrified he is succumbing to the same illness.
As his own personal situation gets worse- he's sacked, his friends turn on him, his wife loses patience- the low-key acting help convince us that the character is real. But....

...it feels like something is missing. The same low-key approach, which is good for delivering a realistic feel, means the start of the film is INCREDIBLY slow-moving. there's understatement- then there's underinvolving. The first 20 minutes or so were, frankly, boring to sit through. It didn't help that the stylised execution seemed to result in many mumbled lines, making me wonder if I'd overlooked something at some point. The movie, despite having a good idea, simply drags its feet along.

Things get better late in the game. Although it's all still low-key, events surrounding our man are spiralling out of control, and he's at his wits' end. This is when we get a sense of excitement, and things lead in to the conclusion.
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