“Midnight Special” film is really special

Now playing in limited release is one of my favorite films of 2016: Jeff Nichols sci-fi drama Midnight Special. While the less you know the better, I’ll say that Michael Shannon stars as Roy, a father who goes to great lengths to protect his son (Jaeden Lieberher), a boy with special powers who is being hunted by the government and a religious cult. Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver round out the film’s impressive cast.

While many “Hollywood” movies love to explain every aspect of why something is happening, what’s refreshing about Nichols’ latest work is the way he tells you just enough but never reveals all the layers. He allows you as an audience member to decide on certain things for yourself. Trust me, Midnight Special is a really great movie and a story you haven’t seen before. Try and catch it in theaters.

The film is Nichols’ fourth full-length film and his first studio production. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

The film began a theatrical release on March 18, 2016 by Warner Bros.

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