This low-budget, sci-fi extravaganza from director Jeff Nichols (Mud and Take Shelter) will completely captivate you.
Less is more. Midnight Special is a rare low-budget film that rewards itself purely based on its own ambition. If you strip everything away from Midnight Special it’s merely a chase movie. Add a touch of sci-fi, a talented cast and “BAM!” you’ve got Midnight Special. Director Jeff Nichols’ newest feature film adds beauty to its simplicity.
It also holds the spirit of Spielberg throughout. Without giving too many spoilers away, Midnight Special’s story is about a father (a terrific Michael Shannon) and his eight-year-old son (the mysterious Jaeden Lieberher) who go on the lam upon discovering that the boy possesses mysterious powers. Roy (Shannon) is trying to get his son to safety and out of the hands of a religious cult (one he use to follow) and the government. Actors that also standout in this film are Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Sam Shepard.
Nichols explores moral themes between a father/son relationship and he does so through the eyes of his talented cast. This also marks as the fourth collaboration between Nichols and Shannon. My advice, is to go see this film with an open-mind and hopefully you'll take something away from its overall theme. I went to see Midnight Special completely blind and I’m glad that I did. Our heroines, in the film, will help guide the audience through a dark journey until they finally reach the climax. In the end, this is a movie that will linger with you long after it’s over.
Midnight Special is rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned) For some violence and action.