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.
So far the best Noah's Ark adaptation. Michael Shannon is splendid as a man troubled by nightmares and madness, willing to save his family from a storm to come. The last half hour is nothing but unexpectedness, restless tension and beautiful catastrophic imagery.
okay so 3.5 stars. Ending is phenomenal, but all that super boring narrative about a guy who is too manly to go to a freaking shrink and too manly to tell his wife but acts totally insane, is too long for my liking and just... stereotypical! It makes me so aggressive at times, that some movies just repeat this heteronormative shit over and over again.. okay rant over. Film was good.
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.