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Take Shelter [DVD]
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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. 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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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A beautifully shot and slow moving film that makes the viewer think. As we watch the protagonist descend into madness, we are never sure who to believe. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Beetleypete
BORING BORING BORING .I have never been so bored by a film , awful .Published 9 months ago by rosie
This film I found very boring, kept thinking it would improve, but it didn't, But that is only my opinion, anne pPublished 10 months ago by Mrs. A. Potter
if you haven't even had time to watch this then do! Cinematography is stunning, it has a great mix of menace, twist and plot. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jemma roe