Plagued by a series of apocalyptic dreams, a young husband and father begins to act irrationally putting a strain on his marriage. However, it doesn’t compare to his private fear of what his dreams may truly signify.
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It's a disaster film that takes the emphasis off the disaster and off spectacle . The film is about the wavelengths people are on and breakdowns in communication by way breaking down psychologically. Oddly enough the love between the family members is what's at the heart of the film. The deaf daughters love for her father is hardly shaken because comprehends outside of superficial forms of communication. Must see.
The ending is sure to set off debates, and I must confess that I'm not sure whether it makes a forceful and coherent point, or if it's just playing games. But this study of mania in the heartland may end up being the definitive American film of 2011: a time where everyone from the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street recognizes that the system is broken and senses something apocalyptic in the air.
More than any other filmmaker, it is perhaps Jeff Nichols who has carried on the tradition of M. Night Shyamalan's early work - this is an earnest and quietly melancholy domestic drama with classic genre movie underpinnings. "Shelter" takes the template of a film like "Signs" and strips it down to its spiritual essence, delivering a bleak tone poem that peers into the terrified heart of post-9/11 America.
This doesn't have nearly as much stopping power as "Shotgun Stories". Even though Shannon's performance was stressful and heart-breaking, the supporting cast were wonderful, the photography was perfect, and the music was great - there was just a little something off (and not the CGI bird attack). In the end, this is a devastating film about the modern world, mental health, and divination.
Few filmmakers have the capacity to be as observant and meticulous developing a psychological portrait than Jeff Nichols is when it comes to Curtis' slow, agonizing inner downfall and the excruciating toll it takes on his family as a whole. The storytelling is always fluid and masterful in setting the details properly without ever feeling sluggish or convoluted and finds in Michael Shannon a ferocious performer.
With a very slow and quiet first-half, this movie builds up tension and drama for its second part, which I found to be absolutely masterful! Shannon and Chastain are both amazing in their roles. The feeling of uncertainty that the movie leaves you with just turns the condition of the main character into something much more real and believable.
Stunning cinematography too! Never a storm coming could look so beautiful!
Before the ending, I felt that Take Shelter revolved around a man's inner fears and paranoid illusions, and the way it's told and envisioned in this film was remarkable. The ending, showing that the main character simply foresees a natural disaster is boring and a give-away for the audience. Really disappointing.
Wow. I didn't think you could so elegantly condense the contemporary American ethos into a single film, but, here you go. The American Dream vs. the American Nightmare: the self-reliant man, freedom, security, pastures, trucks, drilling, and yet, also, debt, protectionism, loss of liberty, and foreboding doom. It's all here. Outstanding.