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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
One of the comic books Alton is reading is New Teen Titans Annual #1 (1982 or reprint), where you can see Starfire & Blackfire fighting each other. See more »
The characters are told to go to the geographic coordinates of 29.4.31N 82.41.48W, which is about 25 miles north of Tampa, FL, and 4 miles from the Gulf. However, the movie at least twice shows them using a map aimed for the Florida panhandle near Apalachicola. Later "explosions" of energy are shown radiating from that area. They have missed by roughly 150 miles. See more »
The only thing I ever believed in was Alton. And I failed him.
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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
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Midnight Special is definitely Special
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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