Midnight Special (2016)

MIDNIGHT-SPECIAL “The only thing I ever believed in was Alton.” – Roy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 May 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A father and son on the run from both the police and cult members attempt to reach a special destination with the aid of the father’s best friend and the boy’s mother

My Take on it – I have been hearing about this movie for weeks and got caught uo in all the hype surrounding it.

It has been compared by so many to be the successor to the Spielberg films of the late 70’s early 80’s that filled so many with wonderment and awe.

Unfortunately, I think the hype got to me and I didn’t love it as much as many others because of it.

This is a good movie but it isn’t superb.

I liked the way the story was told but many scenes felt a bit rushed instead of giving us more exposition.

The cast is really good and they definitely help raise the tension, suspense and intrigue along the way.

Michael Shannon really shines here as the lead with Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver and newcomer Jaeden Lieberher doing a bang up job backing him up.

I really liked the way that this film deals with family relationships also. As a father, I could very much understand most of Shannon’s actions because they are all driven by his need to protect and nurture his son at the same time.

Many plot points are kept for us to ponder and decide on our own which is fine, but I think that Director-Writer Jeff Nichols should have given us even a bit more exposition and background to help us even more on this cinematic journey.

The special effects created here with a shoestring budget help make things seem more plausible and realistic in the world we live in.

Bottom Line – Too hyped as the next Spielberg type film, it is good but not nearly as good as the genre it’s based on. Great cast helps make this thrilling and also intriguing. Special effects are done very well to make this more believable in the real world. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to director Jeff Nichols, Adam Driver’s first day on set was the same day he got the news he would be in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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17 thoughts on “Midnight Special (2016)

  1. It’s a slow burn but I thought it was an interesting film about faith and belief. Each of the characters believes in Alton in a different way. I really liked it.

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  2. Me and a friend were thinking of going to see this when she was going through an Adam Driver phase – can’t say it would’ve been my first choice of film, but it does seem to be doing alright reviews-wise. It’s good to hear what you thought about it 🙂

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  3. Gave it a 7.5. I thought pretty much the same thing, it’s good but not brilliant. I was mainly impressed by Michael Shannon and the movie had a nice emotional touch to sci-fi.


  4. Look, I really enjoyed this film a lot. Having said that, I do feel the multiple themes running through the film could have warranted further/deeper exploration as the film went on. The final “reveal” reminded me a lot of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, but the premise behind a kid with special powers was well filmed, focused, and extremely good to watch. I agree, though, that it could never hope to live up to the strenuous hype surrounding it.

    Adam Driver was surprisingly good too.


  5. Nicely put. You’re too kind in your review tho. Lame writing, doesn’t know what it wants to be. Pretty sad that milky light screaming from a boys eyes is the coolest point. Boo on this one, and I am a huge Shannon fan (take shelter is a much better film)


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