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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