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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy
... Lucas
... Sarah
... Sevier
... Alton
... Doak
... Levi
... Calvin Meyer
... Agent Miller
... Elden
... Merrianne (Doak's Wife)
... Sharon Davison (Councelor)
... Jane Adams (Sarah's Mother)
... Hannah (Ranch Member)
... Frederick (Ranch Member)


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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's not like us.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 April 2016 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Jeff Nichols/Sci-Fi Project  »

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Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


On the first night, they're supposedly in hiding but they take a motel room adjacent to the motel office, and instead of waiting until dark, they leave at dusk in a car parked within easy view of the desk clerk when they could have parked right outside the door of their motel room. See more »


Doak: Sometimes we are asked to do things that are beyond us.
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Like Shadow in an Empty Cathedral
Written by Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist
Performed by From the Mouth of the Sun
Courtesy of Experimedia Ltd.
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Where's the wit? Where's the wonder?
10 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

This reminded me of a couple of films, namely Close Encounters and Starman, but with everything good about them ripped out, thrown on the floor and stamped on.

What remained was an overall joyless experience as two sullen, largely monosyllabic mumbling men drove a kid with glowing eyes home for two hours. Of course they had a couple of hurdles to overcome but at no point do you think "Oh no, they're not going to get the glowing eyed kid home". Where previously films of this oeuvre have employed wit, humanity and a sense of wonder to fabulous effect the director of this sullen dross did little other than smash you repeatedly in the face shouting "I AM SERIOUS, I AM IMPORTANT" by making the repetitive turgid soundtrack blare progressively louder and louder. It was bombastic pseudo-intellectual rubbish masquerading as serious cinema.

Just because everyone looks miserable and hardly anyone says anything doesn't automatically make something good. You have to have talent to pull that off and make people care about your morose protagonists despite themselves. Whereas the only comparable thing this nonsense succeeded in doing was making me like a guy from the NSA, basically because he was the only one who seemed capable of speaking in entire sentences and looking slightly interested in what was going on.

I'd rather be forced to sit and watch E.T over and over again Clockwork Orange style for a week than expose myself to this inane garbage again. And I hate E.T.

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