Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
This film really came out of nowhere for me, as a comment by a stranger
I overheard in a bar drew me to this, and thank you nameless stranger
with impeccable taste! This is one of those sci-fi flicks that comes
along every once in a while that actually has something to say without
overuse of CGI and genre tropes.
I knew almost nothing about Midnight Special going in other than said
comment, and I highly recommend you try to do the same. Therefore I
will be as brief as possible to avoid spoilers.
Roy (Michael Shannon) is on the run with his 8 year old son Alden
(Jaeden Lieberher) from a religious cult that worships the boy as some
sort of messiah. Also in pursuit are the FBI and NSA, who are
investigating several strange phenomena connected with the child. Roy
enlists childhood friend Lucas (Joel Edgerton) to help them get to a
specific location on a specific date, the reasons for which are unclear
but may involve some sort of otherworldly or cataclysmic event.
The comparisons with Starman (1984) and Close Encounters of the Third
Kind (1977) are apt, but this is very definitely a different movie
The actors are uniformly excellent, especially Michael Shannon, who
gives another intense and believable performance as a man who would do
anything for his son.
A bit has been made out of how the movie ends, but personally I found
it a powerful emotional pay-off that I could feel in my chest, possibly
due to the nostalgic feeling this film evokes.
In conclusion, go see it. A thought provoking sci-fi drama with a story
to tell. A good one at that.
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