• nrbeaton

    ★★★★ Watched by nrbeaton 17 Oct, 2011

    A tense, well-directed and brilliantly acted drama, slightly let down by its odd ending.

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  • sabraham

    ★★★★★ Added by sabraham

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This was the first film of Jeff Nichols I saw, and what a great experience it was. What surprised about this film is the slow pace yet eerie atmosphere surrounding the entire film. The film has this Noah's Arc vibe to it without the animals and saving mankind stuff. The dream sequences are absolutely fantastical (like when the whole room levitates or when birds start falling from the sky). This story and formula have been seen many times before, but…

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  • Ladybug Kay

    ★★★★ Watched by Ladybug Kay 11 Nov, 2011

    This was such a great, underrated, creepy film - I love Michael Shannon's intense performance, as well as the dream-like cinematography.

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  • Jonathan Van Hemelrijck

    ★★★★ Added by Jonathan Van Hemelrijck 4

    De stilte voor de storm...

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  • PopsiclePete

    ★★ Watched by PopsiclePete 20 Aug, 2015

    For a film that should have been extremely ambiguous, this was one of the most clear and predictable films I've seen. There were clear demarcations between reality and fantasy, and the protagonist's mental state was certainly never in question for me. Much of the mood was well struck, and the dream sequences could be quite intense, but most of the movie falls flat. The scene where they leave the bunker is some of the worst overacting and drama on this side of daytime TV.

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  • pilotfish

    ★★★★ Watched by pilotfish 21 Aug, 2015

    Considering the pacing of this film, I could almost get away with copy/pasting my Close Encounters review with but a few minor alterations.

    Though time had passed and I still didn’t recall a lot, I still succeeded in spoiling myself on the film’s ending some years ago thanks to perusing its entry at The Editing Room, which was also how I found out about it in the first place.

    Nevertheless, Take Shelter is abundant with greatness, and my sins of…

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  • seanc

    ★★★★ Rewatched by seanc 19 Aug, 2015

    This is rewatch I am glad I found time for. I love the character of Curtis. He is sympathetic and played perfectly by Shannon. The movie has a good pace. Four star movie and still my least favorite from Nichols which means he is a director I am dying to see more from.

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  • Luke Compton

    ★★★★½ Watched by Luke Compton 19 Aug, 2015

    What a film. Glad I finally watched it.

    It's fascinating and brilliantly ambiguous. The ending allows multiple interpretations, as does most of the film. This is what I love about Independent cinema. It's daring, different, unique and plays by its own rules. Made by movie lovers for movie lovers. No overt capitalistic desires, just the eagerness to tell a story.

    The performances here were fantastic, and the story is incredible. I don't know what to say about it to be honest that hasn't already been said. It's captivating, interesting and just really well executed.

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  • CartoonSA

    ★★★ Watched by CartoonSA 10 Aug, 2015

    I can understand why some people hate this film, but it's pretty good for Hollywood.

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  • Rodrigo Coelho

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Rodrigo Coelho 14 Aug, 2015

    Não tinha gostado muito desse na primeira vez que o vi, mas nessa revisão encontrei um filme de grande valor (algo que acho que deve acontecer com “Mud” também, por cenas que eu andei revisitando). O filme tem dois núcleos: um deles acompanha a lenta degradação mental de um indivíduo e no outro descreve o impacto disso na vida de uma comunidade e uma família. Qualquer filme privilegiaria esse primeiro núcleo, mas impressiona como "Take Shelter" é detalhista ao descrever…

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  • Not Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Added by Not Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Quite likely the Most Jacques Tourneur-esque Movie of 2011, Jeff Nichols' second feature stars Michael Shannon as Curtis LaForche, an Ohio construction worker with a family history of schizophrenia who begins having nightmares and hallucinations about an apocalyptic thunderstorm. Hinging on what's probably the most sympathetic portrayal of mental illness you'll ever find in a psychological horror film, it's a patient, uneasy movie that—paradoxically—derives most of its ambiguity from its straightforwardness; instead of playing is-he-or-isn't-he games with LaForche's sanity, Nichols…

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  • Matty Stanfield

    ★★½ Rewatched by Matty Stanfield 30 Sep, 2011

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It is hard not to love Jeff Nichols' experimental film. Michael Shannon delivers his best work thus far and Adam Stone's cinematography jives perfectly with Nichols' effort.

    The only reason I was bummed out by where we end up being taken is that the surrealism offers horror tinged with reality and oddly dark humor. But we end up being lead from apocalyptic hallucinations to "visions" -- and then dragged into a dark bit of Nihilism.

    I watched the movie later…

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