Year of Release: 2016
Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Sam Shepard, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, Paul Sparks, David Jensen
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
Synopsis & Review:
"Midnight Special" is definitely a continuation of some of the themes that Jeff Nichols already brought forth in "Mud", namely the close relationship between a father figure and the young boy who's maturing and finding his own path in the world. Where the film is quite different, is the more fantastical side of the nature of the young boy, which is treated not like a traditional blockbuster/visual effects extravaganza: Alton is for all intended purposes the child of these concerned parents who are stopping at nothing to save him and get him where he needs to be. The family dynamics gives the film the heart and unique sensibility that really distances it from other sci-fi films that have been done. The film smartly captures the influences of John Carpenter's films from the early 80s (such as "Starman"), and is very well acted, with Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver and Jaeden Lieberher all creating great, believable characters. The cinematography from Adam Stone is beautiful as is the score from David Wingo. Another great film from Jeff Nichols. Highly recommended.