A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

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Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Roy
Joel Edgerton ... Lucas
Kirsten Dunst ... Sarah
Adam Driver ... Sevier
Jaeden Martell ... Alton (as Jaeden Lieberher)
Bill Camp ... Doak
Scott Haze ... Levi
Sam Shepard ... Calvin Meyer
Paul Sparks ... Agent Miller
David Jensen ... Elden
Sharon Landry ... Merrianne (Doak's Wife)
Dana Gourrier ... Sharon Davison (Councelor)
Sharon Garrison ... Jane Adams (Sarah's Mother)
Allison Gabriel ... Hannah (Ranch Member) (as Allison King)
Sean Bridgers ... Frederick (Ranch Member)
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Storyline

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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He's not like us.


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Rated PG-13 for some violence and action | See all certifications »

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The yellow arrow road sign which the red truck crashes into is the same road sign used prominently in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In both films the arrow is pointing knowingly upwards. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end, when the aliens are walking towards the structure, for a split second over Sarah's (Kirsten Dunst) right shoulder, you can see an actor with lights over his/her eyes (the lighting apparatus) See more »

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Sevier: [after helping them] Are those handcuffs? I mean, obviously they're handcuffs. You're Lucas right? The State Trooper? Do you mind?
Lucas: [hands over his handcuffs]
Sevier: Alright, thank you. Is it too much to ask you to punch me in the face? You know, forget it. Never mind. Thank you...
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Sitting in a Roofless Room
Written by Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist
Performed by From the Mouth of the Sun
Courtesy of Experimedia Ltd.
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Unearthly Drama with an Emotional Punch
21 April 2016 | by SkruffbaggSee all my reviews

This film really came out of nowhere for me, as a comment by a stranger I overheard in a bar drew me to this, and thank you nameless stranger with impeccable taste! This is one of those sci-fi flicks that comes along every once in a while that actually has something to say without overuse of CGI and genre tropes.

I knew almost nothing about Midnight Special going in other than said comment, and I highly recommend you try to do the same. Therefore I will be as brief as possible to avoid spoilers.

Roy (Michael Shannon) is on the run with his 8 year old son Alden (Jaeden Lieberher) from a religious cult that worships the boy as some sort of messiah. Also in pursuit are the FBI and NSA, who are investigating several strange phenomena connected with the child. Roy enlists childhood friend Lucas (Joel Edgerton) to help them get to a specific location on a specific date, the reasons for which are unclear but may involve some sort of otherworldly or cataclysmic event.

The comparisons with Starman (1984) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are apt, but this is very definitely a different movie altogether.

The actors are uniformly excellent, especially Michael Shannon, who gives another intense and believable performance as a man who would do anything for his son.

A bit has been made out of how the movie ends, but personally I found it a powerful emotional pay-off that I could feel in my chest, possibly due to the nostalgic feeling this film evokes.

In conclusion, go see it. A thought provoking sci-fi drama with a story to tell. A good one at that.


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Country:

USA | Greece

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Jeff Nichols/Sci-Fi Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,012, 20 March 2016

Gross USA:

$3,712,282

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,740,647
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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