Take Shelter (2011)
Critic Consensus: Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.
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as Special Ed Teacher
as Woman in Road
as Man in Road
as Bargain Hunter
as News Anchor
as Walter Jacobs
as Man at Window
as Doctor Shannan
as Insurance Agent
as Army-Navy Dave
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Critic Reviews for Take Shelter
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.
A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.
An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.
The film's power should reside in this agonised human dilemma, but in the end it becomes a rather self-important shaggy dog story.
Audience Reviews for Take Shelter
A compelling, gloomy and unsettling allegory that moves in a careful slow pace towards a glorious conclusion and is centered on a modern Noah, paranoid and on the verge of a mental breakdown, played with such an extraordinary intensity by Michael Shannon.
A guy's nightmares convince him that perhaps his family would be well served by expanding the tornado shelter out in the back yard. Only there's the history of mental instability in his family ... is it his turn to now slide into that dark abyss? His neighbors, his colleagues at work, and eventually even his wife start to wonder as well. Terrifically played by all concerned, but Shannon and Chastain really reel you into the consideration with the level of their involvement. Good filmmaking.
Just like Melancholia and We Need to Talk About Kevin, "Take Shelter" is another movie that is very well-made, yet very uncomfortable to watch. In fact, the film is especially comparable to the former, which also uses the film medium to portray a mental illness through some sort of impending doom. "Take Shelter" has the benefit of Michael Shannon's amazing performance, and Jeff Nichols definitely knows how to make audiences care about the characters. Unfortunately, it has an uncompromisingly oppressive atmosphere, which is the point but still makes it a tough watch for most audiences. Also, the little girl in this movie somehow doesn't cry despite one trauma-inducing scenario after another.
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