Film Review: Midnight Special

DIRECTOR: Jeff Nichols STARRING: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Bill Camp, Scott Haze, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks, David Jensen, Sharon Landry, Dana Gourrier, Sharon Garrison USA 2016


Midnight Special is another fresh take into this whole new generation of sci-fi movies that are surfacing Hollywood nowadays, where everything seems to be perfectly balanced between tension and those deep human feelings. Regarding Midnight Special that deep human feeling is parenthood, just look into the relationship between Michael Shannon and Jaeden Lieberher (father and son) and it’s easy to associate that kind tension and feelings. Midnight Special is a sci-fi chase movie, deeply compelling, strange and complex. Even with its own flaws, it’s fair to say that Midnight Special is another Jeff Nichols great feature, a good tribute to 80’s classic like Starman, E.T., or even Close Encounters of The Third Kind.

Words by Fausto Casais
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