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Take Shelter

Take Shelter

Take Shelter

Take Shelter revolves around a family man who suddenly begins having very vivid dreams about a storm that has a strange effect on those around him.

It stars Michael Shannon, although not too well-known to many now unless you follow Boardwalk Empire, his stock has risen since being cast as General Zod in the upcoming Superman movie due for release in 2013. He plays Curtis LaForche a quiet family man who works on site for an oil drilling firm and is married to Samantha (Jessica Chastain) who have a deaf daughter.

Curtis begins to get troubled by these dreams or visions and the extreme vivid nature of them carries over to his daily life leaving him disturbed and worried by what he had dreamt. He begins to change things in his life as a reaction to these dreams. He starts working on an old storm shelter out in his back garden and ostracising himself from those that appeared in his dreams. His unusual behaviour doesn’t go unnoticed, culminating in conflicts between Curtis and his employers, co-workers, friends, the local community and his wife.

The film is shot at a slow pace which gives time to both weigh up and question all that Curtis sees and does. It throws a few twists and turns at us, especially when we discover the history of Curtis’s mother.  The film also operates essentially without a soundtrack over it which really adds to the heaviness and tension of some scenes and also the realism, giving it a more raw feel. Between all this and the slightly duller feel to the lighting it adds to the feeling of dread and in fact does almost feel like there is a large black cloud hanging over the entire film.

Shannon is excellent in this. The supporting cast are good, especially Chastain but the film is  about Shannon and he delivers.

Shannon is thoroughly believable as the happy old school, southern, family man. His character is quiet but has a good strong presence which lends real power to the scenes where his character becomes more emotional. He is astounding as this essentially good man driven to the brink of insanity, portraying a real sense of quiet desperation.

This film is definitely worth seeing. It’s easily one of the best dramas of the year so far. It’s tense, gripping, simple and psychological. See this.

Score: 4/5

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  1. I cannot wait to see this film, as soon as I get the chance I will.

    Great review!

      • Shane Noone
      • December 12th, 2011

      Thanks Matt, much appreciated! Really enjoying your blog, following you now and looking forward to reading more! Probably not many will see Take Shelter (doesn’t have the budget like some rubbish like New Years Eve) sadly. Let me know what you think when you see it, agree/disagree.

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