Midnight Special

Midnight Special
  • 2016
  • US
  • 111 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jeff Nichols
  • Written by: Jeff Nichols
  • Cast: Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton
  • UK release: 8 April 2016

A father goes on the run with his son after he discovers his boy has mysterious powers in this film, which harks back to the grounded 1980s sci-fi of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter. It's filled with beautiful shots of the Texan dusk, and Shannon is compelling in his role as father Roy. The revelation of what's really going on, though, is lamely conceived and cheaply mounted, and it's hard not to feel cheated.

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Midnight Special

4 Apr 20163 stars

Initially spectacular sci-fi road movie from Jeff Nichols that loses its way

Written and directed by the talented Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter), Midnight Special harks back to the grounded 1980s sci-fi of Steven Spielberg and John Carpenter, and is a film of two halves: one excellent, the other disappointingly patchy. The…

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