Take Shelter

Rated R 124 minutes 2011

Square-jawed, spooky-eyed Michael Shannon, America’s finest character actor for troubled types, displays his wares to great effect in this relatively simple story of a man in torment. As small-town working stiff Curtis LaForche, bedeviled by ominous visions, strange noises, and night terrors, Shannon fully elaborates on his haunted characters from such films as Bug, Revolutionary Road, and the 2007 sleeper Shotgun Stories. That latter overlooked gem was written and directed by filmmaker Jeff Nichols – perhaps the most intuitive lightning rod for actor Shannon’s talents – who now takes his own skillful mise-en-scene and Shannon’s scary but soulful vulnerability to greater heights. Actress Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life, Debt) lends just the right touch of grounded warmth as Curtis’ wife Samantha, bewildered by the storm brewing inside her otherwise loving, non-violent husband. Take Shelter is not an eco-horror tale nor a social-problem scenario — it’s a portrait of a man who has a disaster movie going on his mind. It’s also one the best films of 2011. (120 min.)

Film Credits

Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/takeshelter

Director: Jeff Nichols

Producer: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin, Sarah Green, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Colin Strause, Greg Strause, Richard Rothfeld, Chris Perot and Christos Konstantakopoulos

Cast: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Ray McKinnon, Lisagay Hamilton, Robert Longstreet, Kathy Baker and Tova Stewart


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