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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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Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Shannon ... Roy
Joel Edgerton ... Lucas
Kirsten Dunst ... Sarah
Adam Driver ... Sevier
Jaeden Lieberher ... Alton
Bill Camp ... Doak
Scott Haze ... Levi
Sam Shepard ... Calvin Meyer
Paul Sparks ... Agent Miller
David Jensen ... Elden
Sharon Landry ... Merrianne (Doak's Wife)
Dana Gourrier ... Sharon Davison (Councelor)
Sharon Garrison ... Jane Adams (Sarah's Mother)
Allison King ... Hannah (Ranch Member)
Sean Bridgers ... Frederick (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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Greece

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Jeff Nichols/Sci-Fi Project See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,012, 20 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,707,794, 22 May 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The band Lucero played the title song. In Spanish Lucero means light, a key element in this movie. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, after Roy breaks through the road blockade, the air bags are engaged. However, seconds later the vehicle is able to drive away without any sign of them. Air bags are designed to instantly inflate to cushion the people in the car against impact, but then to deflate straight away. Although there are many shots in which you cannot see the air bags, when the car flips over, it can be seen in its deflated state. See more »

Quotes

Sevier: Is it too much to ask you to punch me in the face? No? Never mind.
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Soundtracks

Midnight Special (Take Me with You)
Written by Ben Nichols
Performed by Lucero featuring Ben Nichols, Brian Venable, John C. Stubblefield, Roy Berry, Rick Steff, James Spake (as Jim Spake) and Scott Thompson
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Midnight Special is definitely Special
16 February 2016 | by tardieu-felixSee all my reviews

With Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols enters the pantheon of those nostalgic American filmmakers armed with their lens flares, Pandora's boxes and deeply sentimental reasons, driven by a protective father figure and a maternal relationship to the plot itself.

Lately, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar walked on the same path, and in many ways Midnight Special strangely looks like Interstellar. There's always the same contrast between gigantic and local stakes/issues that can already be found in Spielberg's filmography : on one side, humanity's fate is at stake, supervised by an omnipotent government, and on the other side it is (and perhaps only) a "family affair".

David Wingo's soundtrack is electrifying, the script is intelligent enough for not telling us the whole plot and characters' background in a few lines of dialogue, and despite a half-hearted performance by Michael Shannon, who still shines in its restraint, and some facilities in scriptwriting approaching the end of the film, Midnight Special is so perfectly controlled that it would be difficult to get out of the theater unscathed.


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