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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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3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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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)
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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,012, 20 March 2016, Limited Release

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$3,707,794, 22 May 2016
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Joel Edgerton and Adam Driver have both appeared in the Star Wars films. Edgerton played Luke Skywalker's Uncle, Owen Lars, in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), while Driver played Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). 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 »

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Roy: Do you miss it? Living on the ranch?
Elden: Yeah. Very much.
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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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Amazing sci-fi that treats its audience with respect
7 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

First and foremost, Jeff Nichols is quickly becoming one of my favourite directors working today, and I honestly believe that his movies have increasingly become better.

Midnight Special starts off in the middle of the plot, and does not rely on exposition. This movie treats its audience with respect and allows them to piece together the reasons and events throughout the progression of the film. It gives just enough detail in order to understand but not too little to have no idea what is going on. We are put in the same position as the characters in this movie - where we know just as much as they do about the origin and extent of the child's powers. Although the ending is a twist that many probably do not understand, it feels deserved and does not feel out of place in the context of the movie; however, the characters probably think it is out of place, but that is because they do not have the outsider perspective that the audience does. In terms of the characters, Michael Shannon's character does feel like a father who would genuinely do this for his son (especially because he may feel as though he is making up for lost time) and the other characters are very enjoyable and feel necessary to the movie. The atmosphere and feel of the movie is amazing, and even though the plot itself sounds absurd - a father and son are on the run from religious extremists because the son possesses special powers - but it is much more than that and feels believable in its execution.


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