Premiering at this year’s Cannes and Sundance film festivals, the dark and brooding psychological drama “Take Shelter” won multiple awards and has garnered praise from critics and audiences alike.
Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, “Take Shelter” is a haunting tale that creeps into you and threatens to expose your darkest fears. Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) and their six-year-old daughter Hannah (Tova Stewart). All seems well until Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams and visions of massive storms, he keeps them to himself at first, using his fears and anxiety to obsessively build a storm shelter in his backyard. When his sporadic behavior begins to raise serious questions from those around him he withdraws and the secrets put a strain on himself and his marriage.
Curtis can’t help but contemplate what these dreams mean. Is he trying to protect his family from an outside source or could the oncoming darkness be a force within him that he is trying to hide?
This film looks like it is going to be a very interesting one, slower in pace but emotionally powerful. It is quite possible that none of the storms are physically real, but just materialization of inner feelings that Curtis has. The inclusion of his mother and that fact that she has mental disorders seems to be a clear explanation of what is happening to him, but with movies like these you never truly know until you watch it.
I am excited for this movie, Michael Shannon (who is playing General Zod in the upcoming Superman movie “Man of Steel”) is one of the best character actors around right now and he fully immerses himself in every different part he plays.
Watch the trailer and let us know what you think and if you have theories on what is truly going on in the movie.
Rated R for language, “Take Shelter” is slated to hit theaters Oct. 7.
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