THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (2016)










So I think that Michael Shannon is excellent in anything he does (including this film) and I enjoyed writer-director Jeff Nicholas' Mud and (especially) Take Shelter. But Midnight Special (#45 of 2016) is just too mysterious and leaves too many questions unasked, let alone many answers. Shannon and Joel Edgerton have kidnapped Shannon's young son from a cult he and his wife (Kirsten Dunst) belonged to. His son has unexplainable powers and must be kept out of direct sunlight.... Both the cult and the U-S government are desperately trying to recover the kid because there is some sort of event happening in mere days that the kid is the key to. So the chase is on. A little mystery is fine, but we would have liked at least a little more setup in a story like this than we received here. No need to spell everything out, but sometimes the feeling was we walked in late on the movie. And I don't think that is effective storytelling. Still worthwhile and interesting but don't expect to be sure of what's going on or why things are going on.

TLA one-word review: ponderous