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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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Roy
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Alton Meyer
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Doak
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Levi
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Calvin Meyer
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Agent Miller
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Elden
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Merrianne (Doak's Wife)
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Sharon Davison (Counselor)
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Jane Adams (Sarah's Mother)
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Hannah (Ranch Member)
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Fredrick (Ranch Member)
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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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18 February 2016 (Germany)  »

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Untitled Jeff Nichols/Sci-Fi Project  »

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

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$3,707,794 (USA) (20 May 2016)
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According to director Jeff Nichols, Adam Driver's first day on set was the same day he got the news he would be in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). See more »

Quotes

Roy: I like worrying about you, Alton.
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Features St. Bears Doll's Hospital (1998) See more »

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The Last Pale Light in the West
Written and Performed by Ben Nichols
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To echo another reviewer, good but not special
9 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

My impression after watching this movie is that a lot of good doors were opened, but few were actually walked through. I find I'm not disappointed with what the writer did and where we went, so much as with what he didn't do and where we didn't go. Sparse is a good descriptor of the story-line. A lot of things picked up and then just dropped. What some reviewers call "mysterious" I would tend to call "unfinished": story elements just thrown in but not developed to any kind of meaningful conclusion. Midnight Special is not a bad movie. But after a movie like Mud, this one just seems sort of thrown together without a lot of development. Perhaps its biggest downfall is that for me at least, it did not live up to the hype its ads presented. The acting and production was quite good. But I found myself glad that I only paid "early-bird" rates for it's premier showing. I get the feeling that the other 4 people at the premier showing might have agreed.


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