One of the most frightening films I've seen in a very long time. Pure puzzling horror that manifests in the irrational distorted perception of the lead character of reality on his glance to the world he perceives as a threat and visions of dooms arise out of the cloudy fragmentation of hidden radiant nightmares portrayed as either biblical catharsis or a sensory early phase of a schizophrenic burning of the soul.
Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter tells the nightmare descent into madness (or not?) of a family father, and does so masterfully by not relying on cheap thrills or much other effects. The settings of rural Ohio define the generally meditative pace, and Michael Shannon is just monumental.
Such an emotionally poignant film. As long as you get used to the pace, I guess. Michael Shannon is simply brilliant in this movie. He seems so real, struggling with his anxieties without a clear indication of its causes. It's a really beautiful portrayal of a desperate time for Curtis Laforche and his family.
Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain are amazing actors and the story is well done up until the end. It's the same as 'Birdman'. You've followed the narrative path, and now they want to give you that sense of doubt at the end. It didn't work in either movie.
It's sad, because despite Michael Shannon's brilliant performance, this movie dragged it's way out of my movie schedule. I couldn't appreciate the story much like how most people did. It's an interesting plot, but sort of falls short on the screenplay, at least for my taste. Regardless, it was an interesting film learning a little about the psychological effects of mental illness.