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Midnight Special (2016)

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A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

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Calvin Meyer
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Doak
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Levi
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Storyline

Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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He's not like us.


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Rated PG-13 for some violence and action | See all certifications »

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21 April 2016 (Greece)  »

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Untitled Jeff Nichols/Sci-Fi Project  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$190,012 (USA) (18 March 2016)

Gross:

$3,707,794 (USA) (20 May 2016)
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Trivia

Warner Bros set the film for November 25, 2015 release, but in July 2015 moved the movie back to March 18, 2016. See more »

Goofs

The debris from the exploded satellite falls around the truck stop plaza at about a 55-60 degree angle, but the last image from the satellite appears to have been taken almost directly overhead (85-90 degrees). If the image was taken overhead just before the explosion, the satellite debris would indeed have fallen at an acute angle as it slowed and entered the atmosphere, but it would have landed many miles away, not on the same spot it was imaging directly below. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Tomlin: Roy will get him here.
Lucas: If he's not dead.
Lucas: Sorry.
Sarah Tomlin: Roy won't let that happen.
Lucas: Yeah, I hope not.
Sarah Tomlin: He believes in something. You don't.
Lucas: It doesn't matter. Good people die every day believing in things.
Sarah Tomlin: Roy spent two years watching another man raise our son.
Sarah Tomlin: He did what I couldn't.
Sarah Tomlin: He'll do anything to get him here.
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Features St. Bears Doll's Hospital (1998) See more »

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Sitting in a Roofless Room
Written by Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist
Performed by From the Mouth of the Sun
Courtesy of Experimedia Ltd.
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wish all indies were this good...
22 April 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

and I can say with some certainty that Jeff Nichols has a heck of a career ahead of him.

To be frank, after your first 1000 or so IMDb reviews, you get a bit cynical. You start to understand that, in spite of the hype, movies are not as good as they used to be -- more like production-line white-bread, all mapped out and pre-sold into the appropriate distribution channels before the first viewer ever even gets a look -- and that in the same time period, TV has come to surpass film in terms of quality and entertainment value.

And then every now and then you get a film like Midnight Special and for a brief moment you start to think this medium might someday recapture its glory days.

I am not going to tell the story or do anything which will diminish your experience, should you choose to see this film.

I will simply say that, if you believe the primary goal of a movie is to hold your interest and entertain, this one does the job from the first frame to the closing credits.

Boy is that refreshing!

The actors -- not name actors -- were excellent.

The special effects were mind-boggling, especially for an indie.

The script breaks (or bends) some rules of conventional narrative but otherwise is so tight you could use it for a drum solo.

Highly recommended.


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