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      Take Shelter

      R Released Sep 30, 2011 2h 4m Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      92% Tomatometer 171 Reviews 81% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) lives in a small Ohio town with his loving wife (Jessica Chastain) and hearing-impaired daughter (Tova Stewart). Though money is tight, he and his family are very happy. But then, Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an apocalypse that threatens them all. Rather than confiding in Samantha, he begins building a storm shelter in the backyard, and his strange behavior causes tension in their marriage and the surrounding community. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.

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      Geoff Andrew Sight & Sound What makes Nichols' film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they're perceived. Aug 29, 2017 Full Review David Thomson The New Republic In my estimate, this unique and frequently arresting film suffers from the monotony of the lead players' affect, and from the film's urge to have its gloomy cake and eat it. Jun 20, 2013 Full Review Roger Moore Tribune News Service Director Nichols walks a tightrope between giving us a dark, Gothic tale of misunderstood prophecy and a sobering lesson on the state of mental health care in rural America. Rated: 4/4 Dec 29, 2012 Full Review Michael Leader Den of Geek Whether it achieves such standing or not, Take Shelter succeeds in something quite impressive. Rated: 4/5 May 8, 2024 Full Review Patrick Cavanaugh The Wolfman Cometh A captivating experience, thanks in large part to Michael Shannon's powerful performance, with the payoff only elevating the journey into something even more satisfying. Rated: 4/5 Sep 24, 2023 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review A suspenseful, thoughtful film, propelled by Shannon’s astounding performance. Rated: 4/4 Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      John & Tammy H I really wanted to give this movie 5 stars based on Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain's performances alone. The movie was amazing, up until the final scene. I wont spoil it for anyone, but the ending was so dis-satisfying it actually interfered with my sleep after watching it. Ironic considering sleep (or lack of) is a main plot point of the movie. Shannon gave a powerful performance as a man struggling to figure out if his nightmares are prophetic warnings of impending doom, or symptoms of an inherited psychosis. He deserved awards for his performance. Chastain was equally good as his devoted, but understandably concerned wife. As I said, given a different ending (for me) this would have been a 5 star movie. I will probably watch it again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/18/24 Full Review Bijoya G As paranoid schizophrenic I think this movie was SO OUT OF LINE. I thought it was gonna end and then it will get better but it DEFINITELY DIDNT!!!!!!!!!!!! Idk who would watch this movie and think that it’s a good movie the deaf girl was so out of character that I couldn’t BARE to watch the rest of the movie. I wanted it to get more brutal and crazy, FRIST OF ALL. If you live in the mid west it a tradition to have AT LEAST 6 shelter rooms underground. Second…. You have to have MORE than just 4 bean cans in your shelter! You need at least 30!!!!! THIRD OF ALL. HE DIDNT PORTRAY A PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIC!!! Don’t watch this you want PROFESSIONAL TORNADO SHELTER REQUIREMENTS!!!!!! also ps the name of the movie didn’t even match, it’s about a mental ill man NOT TORNADOS!!!! I should know because I’m a storm chaser…. I’ve died 5 times!!!! GOD SAVE AMERICA. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 06/01/24 Full Review Bob L This is usually the type of movie we see used as a character study for a very specific location, person, or condition--often dropping pearls along the way which help us fill in the blanks as to why it should deserve special consideration or to educate us about a central character's extenuating circumstances. Take Shelter makes use of this style without honoring its contract, moving at a glacial pace without reward of the details that make this a useful technique for building suspense. Instead, suspense is built through Curtis's growing paranoia that he's inherited his mother's schizophrenia as it begins to blur the lines of reality beyond his tolerance. Wife Samantha's character makes the decision to stick with him, but the movie takes too long to get to her transformation from milquetoast to matriarch. Squandered, too, is the deaf daughter plot contrivance (imagine the deaf daughter having hallucinations she does not yet have the capacity to communicate). It just seems like this movie has so much more it could be saying, but either doesn't realize it or just patently refuses to. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Kyle W This is one of the best films I have seen in DECADES! The acting of Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain took my breath away many times during this film. This movie was horrifying and beautiful. Those words don't seem compatible, I know, but once you see this movie you will know what I mean. I will never view another storm in my life the same way after seeing this magnificent movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/09/24 Full Review Valerie H Michael Shannon's acting is brilliant in this and Jessica Chastain also gives an admirable performance. Don't watch this one before bedtime; sleep will be a long time coming. A bit long perhaps, but I was never bored watching it, as Shannon's acting was so impressive. I did not anticipate that ending whatsoever. A must watch for anyone who is a fan of good acting. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/21/24 Full Review Max C DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. All the good reviews gotta be bots. LEBRON JAMES Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 04/07/24 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) lives in a small Ohio town with his loving wife (Jessica Chastain) and hearing-impaired daughter (Tova Stewart). Though money is tight, he and his family are very happy. But then, Curtis begins having terrifying dreams about an apocalypse that threatens them all. Rather than confiding in Samantha, he begins building a storm shelter in the backyard, and his strange behavior causes tension in their marriage and the surrounding community.
      Director
      Jeff Nichols
      Producer
      Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
      Screenwriter
      Jeff Nichols
      Distributor
      Sony Pictures Classics
      Production Co
      Strange Matter Films
      Rating
      R (Some Language)
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 30, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 25, 2014
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.7M
      Runtime
      2h 4m
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