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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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 2 April 2013
Format: DVD
Take Shelter is a film for our times.It gives you the sense of impending doom that come from economic crises, climate change,the loss of our formerly secure way of life,the storm that is prophesied to come, It's about the loss of everything that matters to middle class Americans: their jobs, their homes, their friends, their families, their sanity. Curtis,is a man whose dreams tell him what is happening,they auger a disaster about to happen.He is slowly going mad,there's evidence he has inherited his mother's mental illness,paranoid schizophrenia.He has delusions and hallucinations of end-of-days rain,tornados,strange clouds of birds,assaults,abductions,flying furniture."Is anyone seeing this?"he asks stopping on the side of the road before a huge electrical storm.The question resonates with the crises of money and morale today.

He can't communicate with his wife.He is fearful and protective of his deaf daughter.He is an upper blue-collar working man who works in gravel.He's practical,taciturn,withdrawn,strong yet vulnerable.Family and its protection is everything.Survival.The portents of stormy apocalypse are the projections of an unsettled mind.From the outside his friend Dewar says:" You got it good".But the film views Curtis from inside-dismantling his home,banishing the dog,alienating friends,taking out a high risk loan to extend the family's storm shelter,abusing his job and sacked for misconduct.It's only after an overdose and a seizure that he tells his wife about the dreams. When a minor storm hits, the town's air raid sirens go off and the family wisely flees to the storm shelter. Inside the bunker, when the storm has passed,Samantha forces Curtis first to take off his gas mask and then open the shelter himself.
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