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Midnight Special

  • Director: Jeff Nichols
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 112 min.

A father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever.

"Midnight Special announces the arrival of a filmmaker in total control of his technique as well as our emotions. A bravura science-fiction thriller that explores emotional areas like parenthood and the nature of belief, it's a riveting genre exercise as well as something more."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Midnight Special respects your intelligence, letting you come to its themes emotionally instead of narratively. It is a breathtaking display of visual storytelling, confidently rendered by someone who understands the power of cinema."
- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"This is a very raw, sad, and beautiful film about faith and fatherhood, and it feels just as grounded and big-hearted as the other films Nichals has made."
- Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"Nichols’ impressively restrained yet limitlessly imaginative fourth feature takes its energy from an ensemble of characters who hold fast to their convictions, even though their beliefs remain shrouded in mystery for much of the journey. "
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"Midnight Special confirms Nichols' uncommon knack for breathing dramatic integrity and emotional depth into genre material."
- David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
"As father and son speed toward some doomsday reckoning, Nichols keeps us guessing in a way that evokes "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Midnight Special is a more modest, more enigmatic film than that one was, but it’s no less gripping."
- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly

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