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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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.
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.
the movie of the moment. A dark, symbolic mapping of the last five years of a middle-class American experience that’s bursting at the mental and financial seams. I have yet to see a better artistic expression of our current existential crises. Michael Shannon is the Noah of our hour, plagued with calamitous visions and barely bearing up under the weight of constant anxiety. Essential viewing for our times.
I really don't understand what this film does in the top 10 of Cahiers du Cinéma. It's so predictable, such a shallow point of view of psychosis. This guy is waaay more Spielbierg than Malick, not a humanist at all, just cliché after cliché.
I never really cared for Michael Shannon, and «Take Shelter» only makes matters worse. His face stays the same throughout the film, despite director Jeff Nichols desperate efforts to tell us a story on how the character he's portraying goes through a very personal drama. In the end you just don't care. Add to that very uneven visuals and a lack of structure in the script.
Jessica Chastain is great, though!
Apparently some people can't grasp the concept of allegory or metaphor in fiction filmmaking anymore. Which is unfortunate. The movie, "controversial" ending and all, is emblematic of the last 10+ years of America itself, and every collapse via terrorism (9/11), natural disaster (Katrina), the economy (2008) that every empty suit in power told us not to worry about (or even 'you're crazy') before the shitstorm hit.
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.