Take Shelter

Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols (2011)

116min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It's difficult to pigeonhole Take Shelter. Ohio blue-collar worker Curtis LaForche (an intense Michael Shannon) gets caught in a storm that no one else sees; he is bitten by his dog in what appears to be a dream, though his arm aches all day; he is attacked in his car by people who may be zombies. Curtis believes his hallucinations are a prophecy and, subsequently, upsets his wife (Jessica Chastain) by taking out a loan to turn their little storm shelter into an underground fortress that would have done Hitler proud. The film then segues from psychological horror into a study of mental illness and alienation, but all the time the question lingers in the background - what if Curtis is right? It is to the credit of writer/director Jeff Nichols that he's prepared not just to mix genres but to do so with such difficult subject matter. The setting and pacing are a little reminiscent of Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (in which Chastain also starred), and, while there are a few longueurs in the middle, this proves that not all films need to move with the pace of a rollercoaster.

Summary

A man is plagued by dreams of an apocalyptic disaster, which he believes are visions of the future. He starts work on building a shelter so he and his family can survive the cataclysm, but his obsession alienates his wife and creates tension in the local community. Drama, with Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain and Tova Stewart.

Cast & Crew

Curtis Michael Shannon
Samantha Jessica Chastain
Hannah Tova Stewart
Dewart Shea Whigham
Nat Katy Mixon
Cammie Natasha Randall
Russell Ron Kennard
Lewis Scott Knisley
Director Jeff Nichols
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The WorksAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Nov 2011
Drama