Outstandingly written and directed by Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter is an incredibly powerful, heartbreaking and devastating film where we follow Curtis (Michael Shannon), who is living a modest life, and, suddenly, he begins having terrifying dreams about an overwhelming apocalyptic storm, which end up, slowly, destroying his wonderful life.
Take Shelter's camera work and visuals are masterful, offering us some beautifully stunning camera shots and landscapes, which makes this flick a terrifc and absolutely rewarding visual experience, perfectly followed by…
Here is a frightening thriller based not on special effects gimmicks but on a dread that seems quietly spreading in the land: that the good days are ending, and climate changes or other sinister forces will sweep away our safety. "Take Shelter" unfolds in a quiet Ohio countryside with big skies and flat horizons, and involves a happy family whose life seems contented.
It is the gift of actor Michael Shannon as Curtis LaForche that while appearing to be a…
It's decent. Nichols' aesthetic is restrained and somewhat plain - though the nightmarish hallucinations are undeniably effective - and Michael Shannon is great (as always) and mostly understated - save for his terrific preacher-esque explosion near the end. But the film never quite seems to take off like it should, and the climactic scene is ridiculously heavy-handed and borderline hilarious. It's nearly saved, though, by the fantastic finale, which thankfully turns the film from just another psychological thriller into something…
Powerful, visually stunning, extremely interesting and well-edited. Just a tremendous experience.
Atmospheric and original.
On my first day of film school, my Video Production 101 professor began our semester with an interesting allegorical tale. He told the story of a boy who was taken to his first Magic Show. The boy, who had come to that age when the world around him seemed to dull and bore him, finally felt that sense of childhood imagination and wonder again.
He fell in love with magic, and from that day on he dreamed of becoming a…
Boy, this really ruined my night. Slow descent into madness in a middle class home. Michael Shannon is amazing. A great follow up to my recent viewings of Mud and True Detective. The ending was not for me, but the shot of the storm using only the reflection in a sliding door was a pretty great shot.
If you need someone to behave like a crazy bastard, look no further than Michael Shannon.
oh, oh, this movie got it all:
crazy sign language.
the ginger head from afghanistan.
the insane guy from revolutionary road.
the stoned sister of molly.
getting bit by a dog.
more bad dreams.
peeing in bed.
digging bigger holes.
Michael Shannon does his bug-eyed madman shtick, as his life falls apart and he has a series of hallucinations. They do offer some strong imagery and some rote thrills, but the drama is just too mundane. As well, it becomes quite repetitive.
I could not connect with this one.
This movie is very powerful, very thought provoking, and all together a wonderful experience. I watched this with no idea what to expect, and it absolutely swept me off my feet.
Take Shelter is the story of a man who, after having several apocalyptic dreams, decides to build a storm shelter for him and his family. He soon finds himself on the brink of sanity as these dreams take over his life.
The ending of this movie may leave some…