Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life. Written by
Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon second film together. See more »
(at around 1 min) When Curtis is having a seizure on one scene the pillow is next to him with a big blood stain close to the clock. In the next scene when he sits up, the pillow is behind him towards the middle. This happens twice during that sequence. See more »
No, no, no. Don't feed the dog, darling.
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Intelligent, nicely shot film with great lead from Shannon
Take Shelter is an intelligent, thought provoking, nicely shot film
featuring an excellent performance by Michael Shannon (an Oscar
nomination, surely?), who was also great in director Nichols'
previous/first film, Shotgun Stories. The film explores the line
between fear and paranoia, or objectivity and subjectivity, as it's
protagonist - a blue-collar family man of few words - wrestles with
apocalyptic dreams and visions of a strange, possibly supernatural
storm, responding to them as best he can as both literal warnings AND
possible signs of mental illness. The film has a brooding, at times
Hitchcockian atmosphere and a very timely feel to it (think financial
and environmental disasters). Set in a rural community, we have plenty
of lovely wide shots of the land- and sky-scape (also a strong element
of Shotgun Stories) with some added CGI on the latter for the
dream/visions. Shannon's performance constitutes at least 50% of this
films worth but the rest of the cast are good too. It's a slow mover
and, at around two hours and fifteen minutes, perhaps a bit too long.
My wife and I did have a few criticisms after watching it (at the
Sydney Film Festival), but I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from
seeing this film, which will no doubt be a hot topic and bring Nichols
deserved recognition when it goes on general release (September 30 2011
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