Midnight Special

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Midnight Special

Jeff Nichols (2015)

12A Certificate


Our Score
From writer/director Jeff Nichols comes this unconventional road movie that channels the spirits of Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters and John Carpenter's Starman to create a top-flight, enigmatic fantasy. It also boasts Nichols's own brand of indie-edged quirkiness, previously evidenced in Mud. Michael Shannon (who appeared in that film) is on the run with his especially gifted eight-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher) who is being hunted down by a Bible Belt cult that have hailed him as a messiah. He's also wanted by sinister federal agents for his seemingly inhuman ability to decode heavily encrypted transmissions and pull satellites out of orbit. All Shannon wants to do is get his ward to a preordained location where the boy can fulfil his true destiny. This unusually sensitive metaphor for the true meaning of parenthood is often ambiguous and elliptically told, with Nichols expecting the viewer to fill in the gaps. It builds slowly through wrenching family drama to imaginative sci-fi sustained as much by heart and emotion as thrilling special effects.


A boy develops strange powers that he cannot understand, attracting the attention of religious extremists. The boy's father is determined to keep him safe, and together they go on the run from the fanatics in the hope of finding out the true purpose of his abilities - but they attract the attention of government agents, who have their own plans for the child. Sci-fi adventure, starring Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Kirsten Dunst.

Cast & Crew

Roy Michael Shannon
Lucas Joel Edgerton
Sarah Tomlin Kirsten Dunst
Alton Jaeden Lieberher
Sevier Adam Driver
Calvin Meyer Sam Shepard
Fredrick Sean Bridgers
Doak Bill Camp
Director Jeff Nichols
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence.Available on: Blu-rayReleased on: 8 Apr 2016