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Midnight Special [DVD] [2016]

3.4 out of 5 stars 117 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton
  • Directors: Jeff Nichols
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug. 2016
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B01DSZ3ZIW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From acclaimed filmmaker Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) comes a genre-defying thriller starring long-time collaborator Michael Shannon (Take Shelter, 99 Homes) alongside a brilliant ensemble cast including Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Girls), Kirsten Dunst (Fargo, Spider-Man), Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Sam Shepard (Bloodline, Mud) and talented newcomer Jaeden Lieberher (St Vincent).

Roy (Michael Shannon) is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted eight-year-old son in this gripping take on the sci-fi movie, which proves once again that director Jeff Nichols is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time. As father and son go on the run, an intense chase ensues as they are hunted down by a mysterious cult and a clandestine government agency – the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event.

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By кот Зигги TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2016
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In the same vein as other recent retro nostalgic sci fi genre (the TV series Stranger Things on Netflix for example), it keeps you guessing most of the way and the reveal is sort of worth waiting for. Really interesting main characters who you find out little by little a bit more about as the film progresses. Entertaining throughout.
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I thought this was an excellent piece of science fiction that has obviously been heavily influenced by the sci-fi on the run thrillers from the 80's. It begins with a kidnapping, the audience doesn't know who the kidnappers are or why they have kidnapped the boy at the centre of the story but what unfolds is a magical piece of cinema about sacrifice and finding our place in the world.
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The film is full of long pauses (im guessing the longer the pause the more chance of getting a pot at the rewards)
Infact there isnt really a huge amount said in the whole film anyway.
There is the odd action scene, but the gaps between them are made feel utterly pointless. Im sure there is the odd clue dropped as to whats going on - but they are pretty well hidden. As such the only point of the film seems to be the art show at the end.

Sci Fi to be good needs some qualification. Good Sci Fi isnt just a scenerio, the director needs to give it some substance and here this just doesnt happen. At its core this is a good film, but ruined by a drive for form over substance.
Instead of those silences (I dont know why but reminded me of Stiller doing his model poses - maybe the actors also gets pots for silent expressions?) we should of had some info handed over to give the film some meat.
And call me a pessimist, but the last shot of the kids dad told a story for me. Why bother ?
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This is a much under-rated film. The acting is superb, especially the youngest cast member, and the plot delivers a solid return. I'm not going to go into specifics - every reviewer before me has done that - but suffice to say this movie is more than well worth a watch. I loved it.
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It's in between ok and I like it, the idea was good. Could there have been a improvement in the storyline and how he was special. I got it but just seem to be lacking in places and I can't quite put my finger on it.
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i was nicely surprised by this film. i usually dont buy movies based on a good trailer but i took a punt with this one. a nice simple story with nothing over the top and some good performances(Micheal shannon in particular very good) well worth a look for the price it is
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Sept. 2016
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A new movie from acclaimed writer/director Jeff NIchols. Which mixes 70's/80's style science fiction chase thriller with character drama, looking at the question of what a parent will do for their child.

Alton is a very special child. With very special abilities. Which means he has to wear goggles all the time. And is the centre of a religious cult who are convinced he can bring them salvation. But Alton needs to get somewhere. Very soon. His father Roy [Michael Shannon] and a friend of his thus kidnap Alton from the cult and set off to get him where he needs to be. With the cult and the authorities in pursuit, it's a race against time. But what else can a parent do?

You can't fault the acting and the directing here. All of the former give their all, and the attempts by the latter to be stylish do succeed. But as a film it doesn't quite work. As science fiction chase thriller, it's alright. But it's over familiar and predictable in that way, and as it's not trying to be thrilling it rather lacks jeopardy. The cult not making as much of an impact as they could. As an emotional character drama though it doesn't really click. The characters never quite come to life enough to make you really care about them. Sevier [Adam Driver] scientist working with the authorities [hmm, wonder which way his loyalties will go?] is quite engaging, but despite fine performances, particularly from Jaeden Lieberher as Alton, a superb child actor, the others just don't grab. Roy wears his emotions on his face rather than expressing them, so you never quite feel for him as much as you could.

The trouble is that it starts in the middle of the action, establishing characters as it goes along. If it had taken the time to do that first, then it might work better.
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May contain some plot/theme spoilers.

Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) Alf would be too obvious, likes to listen to the radio...in his head. He repeats what he hears thus "speaking in tongues" which appeals to "The Ranch" a Texas cult built upon Alton's spewing including classified information which draws due diligent attention. Roy (Michael Shannon), a member of the group, absconds with his own child (adopted by the pastor) with the aide of a friend Lucas (Joel Edgerton) a policeman who is not a religious person. Mom (Kirsten Dunst) left the compound 2 years ago.

Seems Alton has places to go, like Frank Lloyd Wright heaven, which appears near Pascagoula Mississippi?

Now how this seemingly alien baby had human parents and had to live in the dark as an infant wasn't discussed in the film. This is a film which attempts to combine religion, spirituality and UFO sightings into one "real" explanation, although I liked "Altergeist" string theory better.

The story was interesting even if the characters tilted to the stiff side and the dialogue mostly reeked as in the case of most serious sci-fi films where the script writer was too engrossed in the me-so-clever plot as to take a minute to create memorable characters.

Guide: Could be viewed as going against the grain of religion. Minor PG swearing. No sex or nudity.
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