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Take Shelter 2011

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Following his acclaimed debut, Shotgun Stories, writer/director Jeff Nichols reteams with actor Michael Shannon to create a haunting tale that will creep under your skin and expose your darkest fears. Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himsel..

Starring:
Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain
Runtime:
2 hours, 1 minute

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Jeff Nichols
Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain
Supporting actors Tova Stewart, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Natasha Randall, Ron Kennard, Scott Knisley, Robert Longstreet, Heather Caldwell, Sheila Hullihen, John Kloock, Marianna Alacchi, Jacque Jovic, Bob Maines, Charles Moore, Pete Ferry, Molly McGinnis, Angie Marino-Smith, Isabelle Smith
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By J from NY VINE VOICE on March 8, 2012
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Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon have accomplished a portrait of paranoid schizophrenia which is the most accurate (to those who have known these sufferers) to date with the exception of a far bleaker film: Clean, Shaven (The Criterion Collection).

The difference here is that Nichols wants to show how deeply linked the hallucinations, dreams and daily disturbances of a schizophrenic are to daily reality, in particular to our global feeling that the next shoe might drop at any time. If anyone watching imagines that Curtis' behavior is unrealistic or that Shannon's natural ability to be eccentric and frightening are exaggerations of what these people (and their loved ones) go through, think again. Having worked with the homeless/mentally ill (unfortunately a lot of men and women like Curtis simply fall through the cracks) I have always made it a policy to keep apocalyptic material AWAY from them. The miracle Nichols pulls off here is to reflect so expertly what happens when these symptoms first start developing through Curtis' mind.

A blue collar construction worker and generally an average man (Officer Van Alden from Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season is absent here) Curtis has a wonderful wife (Jessica Chastain who resembles Mia Farrow to an almost disturbing degree) and a sweet little girl who is handicapped (Tova Stewart). His buddy on the construction site (Shea Wigham)is the first one to really notice that something's just not right with our man.
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Format: DVD
****This review contains spoilers****

This movie is scary, and I can honestly say it shook me to the core. I'm chalking the 1-star reviews up to just mistaken expectations: this is NOT an action film, and it's not paced like an action film. If you expect that, prepare for disappointment. Sad to say, many people (myself included, at this point in the "review") confuse reviews for meandering expressions of baseless opinion. In the interest of injecting this review with some protein. I want to begin with a bit of an aside:

Why does it seem like everyone insists on assuming the climaxes in movies are dreams? Is this the Lost effect? The Inception effect? Isn't claiming it's all a dream merely a cheap fix for an ending that doesn't tie up neatly with our notion of endings?

This movie is about love and loss (of mental health, of family, of a way of life); it's about the epic Real that we cannot explain with our frames of reference but only with silence. It's also a movie about an event that does or doesn't happen. I'm going to discuss certain aspects of the film: the use of minor characters to develop and texture that of Curtis, the main characters, and the interplay between husband and wife during their vacation (the final scene).

Mental illness is capable of being an apocalypse. Specifically, mental illness and natural disaster take us outside of civilization and behavior. Acting along prescribed behavioral lines in both cases is either impossible and/or difficult and not what the situation calls for. We see Michael Shannon's character as someone who first plays it off, then attempts to reject it with modern medicine, and only finally embracing it. They will never understand, I imagined him thinking.
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Format: Blu-ray
Take Shelter is a psychological drama about a man Curtis, and his family. Curtis begins having these awful dreams at night that depict a strong storm that ravages all life seen in the movie. Curtis has to choose between his instinct, and his family. The movie is based upon the great split between following instincts and abandoning instinct for social acceptance. The movie is very slow paced, but it works well to make you feel closer to Curtis, like you understand exactly how he feels. This movie is remarkable on many levels. The screenplay is excellent, it strays as far away from cliches as possible, and boasts an epic, and intense climax that will leave you thinking about our society, and how we sometimes have to abandon instinct to be accepted by others, even loved ones. Critics praise this movie for it's intensity and it's epic feel, but I like this movie because it sends the viewer many messages about many topics that we deal with in our lives. This movie is very well acted, and many were surprised that Michael Shannon (Curtis) won no Oscars or Golden Globes for his performance, despite many very respectable critics such as Roger Ebert saying he deserved an Oscar. He carries this movie on his shoulders and holds it to glory.
Story- 10/10
The story is very intense, and very well written. There are almost no predictable moments, and this movie contains little to no cliches, which together, is an accomplishment for modern film. Very slow moving, and certain scenes seem to drag on, but it doesn't hinder the great screenplay.

Acting- 5/5
The movie is very well acted. Michael Shannon delivers a powerhouse performance better than many of those that win the Oscars every year.
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