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Midnight Special Review! A Chilling Piece of Sci-Fi

Updated on August 16, 2016
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Midnight Special Official Review: 5 Stars!

What a surprise. What an unexpected surprise. Why this film was shown in select cinemas is beyond me. Every one should have had an opportunity to see this movie. Midnight Special, starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kristen Dunst, Adam Driver and newcomer, Jaeden Lieberher as Alton is a sci-fi thriller of a boy with special abilities and his father, played by Shannon, who tries to protect him and get him safely to a mysterious destination that the boy envisioned.

After a series of government hacks and failed equipment caused by the boy due to his incredible powers, Adam Driver plays an NSA agent helping the FBI as he decodes messages and coordinates for the US government to locate the boy and bring him in for questioning. Kristen Dunst plays Alton's mother, and Joel Edgerton plays an old friend who was shown what the boy could do and has elected to help them in their quest to get Alton to his destination on a specific date or else they feel there would be consequences, although they are not sure of what kind.

They travel at night to keep Alton safe from the sun. In the daylight the boy can't control is power. The ground begins to shake, and his eye's emit a flash of light too powerful to stare into.

At the same time, a church ranch from where the boy and his family came from in central Texas is also looking for the boy. They believe his abilities are spiritual, and that he comes from heaven. The pastor of the ranch sends two of his men to capture the boy and to bring him back in whatever means necessary for they fear the rapture is upon them. Adam Driver's character tells the boy "They (The government) think you're a weapon. And the people at the ranch think you're their savior." To which the boy replies, "I'm neither."

Very much like J.J. Abram's Super 8, Midnight Special is a love letter to Spielberg classics like E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but it is not a knock off, let me be clear about that. The director, Jeff Nichols provides his own spin to the genre, creating some chilling and dark moments in his film unlike anything in the lighthearted films of Spielberg's past very much like Stranger Things which reviewed in a previous Hub. As the film unfolds to it's revealing climax, it surprises you. Providing a new world unlike anything you've ever seen, and an unexpected ending that will leave you talking about it well after the credits roll. I wish this film played in a wide release. I would have very much liked to have seen it in theaters, but I'm just happy I got to see it at all. You can rent it now, order it, or buy it. I too hope that you will enjoy this movie as much as I have.

Go see it!

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