Thursday, March 2, 2017

Midnight Special 2016

     Roy and Sarah are the parents of Alton Meyer.  He is a young boy but he is different because he has powerful abilities and strange weaknesses.  He has been living with an isolated group like cult and living on The Farm.  The people on The Farm want to keep Alton there and they believe he has special knowledge.  Roy and his friend Lucas take Alton away from the group.  There is a lot of information on the news that Alton has been kidnapped and the authorities are on the lookout for their car.  The government has also learned that light beams come from Alton’s eyes and he talks about being from another world.  The National Security Agency and the FBI have joined in the hunt for Alton.
     Because Michael Shannon is one of the main actors in this film, I wasn’t sure if he was on the level as the father?  I also wasn’t sure of his motives?  Shannon usually plays the bad guy and can he really be the good guy in this film?  There are a lot of scenes and material not explained?  3* (This movie is OK)

112 min, Adventure directed by Jeff Nichols with Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Camp Scott Haze, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks, David Jensen.

Note:  Imdb 6.7 of 10, 83% critic 68% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 4*, Amazon 3.7* out of 5* with 735 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in St. Marks, Florida; Mountainair, New Mexico; Reserve, New Orleans, Folsom, Slidell, Lacombe, Louisiana; Biloxi, Kiln, Mississippi.  The director Jeff Nichols originally wanted to make the film with an independent film studio.  Warner Bros Pictures agree to make the film because of the small budget and the film was shot in 40 days.  Michael Shannon has been in all the movies directed by Jeff Nichols.  He also directed Loving with Joel Edgerton.  There is a passenger train from Houston called the Midnight Special.  A song titled Midnight Special is a traditional folk song thought to have originated among prisoners in the American South and it’s about the train. 

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