Friday, February 24, 2012

Take Shelter (2011)

Director: Jeff Nichols. Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham. Cast: 120 min. Rated R. Drama.

Among 2011's end-of-the-world movies (Melancholia, Tree of Life), this was probably the strangest. A Midwestern rural construction worker has bizarre nightmares of an imminent storm, and decides to expand and equip the tornado shelter the family already has. So the film's climactic question would be: will the storm really happen, or has the man inherited his mother's paranoid schizophrenia? Similar to Melancholia, the answer to that question pales in comparison to how beautifully the screenplay portrays social interactions revolving around such a premonition. That said, the ending is a kicker.

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