Friday, March 9, 2012

First Post! Take Shelter

Yay for my very first post! I'm really excited to finally have a blog, and what better way to start it off than with a movie review? 

Rating - 4 out of 5 stars!

In Take Shelter, Michael Shannon plays Curtis LaForche - a hard-working, middle-class family man  who has a dream about an apocalyptic rain storm. He becomes plagued with nightmares that get more intense as time goes on, and then he starts having hallucinations during the day. He is convinced that a giant storm is coming, and obsesses over building an underground storm shelter in his backyard to protect his family from impeding doom. The question is: is he witnessing a sign, or simply losing his mind? 

Michael Shannon is absolutely amazing at portraying someone who is trying so hard to remain "normal" to friends and family, while a deep internal war is going on within him (not only that, the guy is REALLY creepy looking!). Director Jeff Nichols sets the perfect pace for the film, and we are right there with Curtis as he struggles to understand what is happening to him.

But Take Shelter isn't just about Curtis, it's also about his family and their ability to cope with Curtis's strange behavior. Jessica Chastain plays Curtis's wife Samantha whose patience and understanding is beyond me. She is a fierce mother and wife who is determined to help her husband anyway she can.

This is an incredible movie that questions our own (and others) sanity, and is a brilliant psychological thriller.

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