Thursday, April 21, 2016

Midnight Special (2016)

Director: Jeff Nichols. Cast: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard. 112 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Adventure.

I doubt great new director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) would deny Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. as his inspirations for Midnight Special: the story of parents protecting a boy with strange powers from government authorities to a rendezvous point based on geographical coordinates, are obvious references. But the beauty is how tremendously Nichols elevates those Spielbergian themes, replacing Elliot/E.T. with a sincere father-son relationship, and having Close Encounters' other world not far away, but quite close by. No further spoiling, because for sci-fi fans, it'll become one of the genre's most memorable films.

PS: Thank you, Ali S. Another MoMagic! to your credit.

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