Midnight Special [Blu-ray] [2016]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (191 out of 207)

Special Features


  • Take a Closer Look at Five Key Characters in Origins: Roy, Sarah, Lucas, Sevier and Alton - Who are they and how much do they know? Get a deeper understanding of what drives them to do what they do
  • The Unseen World - Jeff Nichols shows how the unique, unseen world exists alongside our own, why only Alton can see it and what its existence means to us

Synopsis


Midnight Special
In this cryptic sci-fi adventure from writer/director Jeff Nichols, Roy (Michael Shannon) rescues his son Alton (Jaeden Lieberher) from a religious cult in Texas, whose members worship the boy for his supernatural powers. Along with a state trooper (Joel Edgerton), the pair go on a cross-country journey as they are hunted by federal agents, who believe Alton might be a threat to national security. Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and Sam Shepard co-star. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kirsten Dunst
    Kirsten Dunst - Sarah
  • Michael Shannon
    Michael Shannon - Roy
  • Joel Edgerton
    Joel Edgerton - Lucas
  • Adam Driver
    Adam Driver - Sevier
  • Sam Shepard
    Sam Shepard - Calvin Meyer



Overall customer rating

4.3
93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Science Fiction Film and a Little More

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    tec6062
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    "Midnight Special" is Writer/Director Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon's fourth collaboration and they have hit a bullseye. Everything in this film is top notch including the dialogue, the acting, the cinematography, the special effects and the editing. After "Mud" and now "Midnight Special" Nichols has proven he's a filmmaker that has a completely unique voice and a level of talent that is nearly unparalleled in modern cinema. Nichols has given his frequent collaborator Shannon the meatiest role as a man that will stop at nothing to protect a child with mysterious abilities. Luckily, Nichols has given all of the incredible supporting actors great material and they all knock it out of the park. Adam Driver("Star Wars: The Force Awakens", "Girls") in particular stands out playing against the usually evil FBI agent in this type of movie. "Midnight Special" is not the type of movie that can be casually watched but a film that you must pay attention to fully understand. In fact, "Midnight Special" really requires multiple viewings to catch many of the subtle nuances Nichols has written into his tightly paced 112 minute screenplay. While most modern science fiction films are being budgeted well over 100-million dollars Nichols has taken a reported 18-million dollar budget and made it look like like a film that cost 5-times that amount. I cannot recommend this film enough, in fact I have told anyone that would listen that they should absolutely give this film a try. I understand that this film may not be everybody's "cup of tea" but if you want to continue to see intelligent, well made science fiction instead of sequels to "Independence Day" these are the films that need our support. Also, how can you go wrong with any film starring Michael Shannon(the most criminally underrated actor not named Sam Rockwell)?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A decent science fiction movie

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    Robert22
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    The plot in this film is very similar to several other science fiction films where a supernaturully gifted child is being persuid by people that seem to wish to cause him harm. I bought this dvd based upon the description on the case which sounded intriguing, and thought it would be a compelling adventure with some depth of character. It turned out it was a run of the mill science fiction movie that was entertaining but nothing special. I would recommend it only for fans of the genre, but there are many similar films that are much better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hidden gem right under your nose

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    Seth
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    This is a fantastic movie. It may not hit you right away, but it is an interesting take on science fiction. As a father only wishes to protect his son while others threaten him due to the child's ability to see another world. It is metaphorical and well written, it is all kinds of things and then some. It's just a nice little gem that I would recommend to anyone who likes Michael Shannon and to anyone who is sick of all the movies recently that are unoriginal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Could have been great

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    Truth
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    This film barely makes ok for me. I know what it was trying to do but just did not accomplish it for me. It was trying to bring back the syfy movies of the 80's but films like fire starter with Drew Barrymore and star man with Jeff bridges opened your mind to wonder but a film like that now is much harder to pass off with so many syfy possibilities out there it bordered on boring except for the connections between father and son.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Something different from Hollywood

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    comicbookkid
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    This movie was excellent. I had seen a trailer somewhere and it looked like a good episode from the X-files (when it was in its prime). Pleasantly surprised, its well written sci-fi, a mystery of sorts, and its the type of movie that leaves things open to your own imagination. What I mean is it doesn't give you all the answers straight forward. Highly recommended in world of recycled ideas and garbage this shines.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Slow burn Sci-fi

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    MrPummel
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    A boy and his father is the core of the story. People reacting to the young boy's special abilities and then the government as is usual in many of these types of films, believes he may be a threat. But it's the bond between the father and the son that makes the story special. And the ending is like a fairy tale that tells of a land so close and yet so far. I loved this film. Worth at least one viewing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best films of the year!

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    CCoop09
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    Jeff Nichols is one of the best young filmmakers today and this is his latest. It's so much more than an awesome sci-fi story and it is that. Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst are terrific as parents of a young boy with special powers, who are on the run from the government and a cult looking to exploit his powers. This movie did not get the recognition it deserves and you won't regret checking it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Michael Shannon and Adam Driver shine on this!

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    BadApple
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    It surpassed my expectations! I never heard of this movie until Black Friday. A friend of mine told me he loved it so as soon as I saw BB had it on sale I bought it. I was bit doubtful but I love Michael Shannon so, I gave in. This was no mistake whatsoever. Simply loved it. A great mystery with a salt of drama that no one should miss!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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