From the mind behind critical gems like Mud and Take Shelter comes Midnight Special, the tale of a loving father doing everything in his power to keep his son from the prying hands of the government and fanatic religious groups. Blending science fiction elements with director Jeff Nichols signature stylings, Midnight Special looks to be something all genre fans should keep on their radar. Check out the latest trailer!
With science fiction films heading into larger, more explosive territory with every leap in CG technology, a grounded, intimate offering like Midnight Special becomes all the more interesting whenever it appears. Directed by Jeff Nichols and featuring an all star cast including the likes of Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver, Midnight Special looks a lot more Close Encounters of the Third Kind than Guardians of the Galaxy.
Larger plot implications are left unperturbed in the trailers we’ve seen thus far, that doesn’t change with this latest offering. Instead, it focuses on Michael Shannon’s unconditional love for his son and the lengths to which he will go in order to see him protected. As for the boys special abilities, there are hints at something considerably more dangerous than the power to emit light from his extremities, but aside from allusions, there are no more details to sift through. We also get a closer look at the supporting cast, with such big ticket names attached to the picture, its surprising that the film isn’t garnering more attention than it has.
Everywhere Midnight Special is screened, word follows that the movie is a breakdown of the comic book genre. Foregoing the flash and bombast that has become so engrained in these types of films, Midnight Special combines Nichols’ lean, middle-American stylings (as seen in his prior films) with splashes of the larger than life nature of big budget block busters of the age.
Midnight Special is set to release on March 18th, 2016.
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