The movie starts off with a lot of narration (I mean I get that we have to know what's going on, and why it's called The 5th Wave), but there could have been a better way to let us know information without giving us only exposition and narration for the first like 20 minutes of this movie. Other than the way they presented it, the concept seems cool and varies slightly from other YA novels to movies that came out before. But then she loses her brother, ventures off into the woods and meets a guy. From that point on her storyline becomes a drawn-out typical teen dystopian romance and it's boring.
Let's also talk about the main plot of the movie: that being the military training young people to take out the aliens (or as the movie calls them, the Others *groan*). The movie also uses the military leader as an exposition character, where basically his only role in the movie is to tell us what's going on and the progression of the aliens. Whatever, I didn't really have a problem with that storyline with the kids in the military, but the twist ending is honestly the dumbest thing ever. If everyone in the military has been taken over by the aliens, why would they be the ones to tell humans that they had the power to do so in the first place? The aliens could have secretly been killing off humans while no one knew that they where in fact aliens. But now that the humans are all aware that the aliens can take over their minds, they are now in the lookout for that. Also, since they are the military, why create an army of kids to kill off other humans (that the kids are led to believe are aliens, even though they're not) instead of kill humans themselves? In the scene where we are introduced to the army, they were successful in gathering everyone in one enclosed environment and surrounding them, so why didn't they keep using that tactic? Why only keep the kids, too? I guess they're easier to manipulate, but it's easier to physically train adults and kill them off once they've fulfilled their purpose.
I get that they were trying to have a cool twist, but if it ends up demolishing the rest of the movie that came before it, it really is not worth it. She reunites with her brother at the end, but right after the movie hints to a possible love triangle that could happen in the next movie (please don't let there be a sequel). Maybe the aliens are just really stupid, as demonstrated with the love interest that turns out to be an alien and doesn't kill her because he thinks she's pretty, as well as the whole military thing but if they're capable of all the damage they've done and mind control, I don't see how it makes any sense.
Yeah, I'm analyzing a YA movie too much, but if we keep accepting stuff like this, they'll keep making them. This is another attempt from Hollywood movie executives taking young teenagers' money by recycling the same lazy stories over and over again. I do not recommend this movie to anyone (unless you want to watch it just to make fun of it).
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.
On the positive side, there is a creepy enough atmosphere in the movie and it does succeed to create genuine suspense. There are no false jump scares (meaning if there is a scare, it's from something that should actually elicit fear) and the acting is pretty good.
However, there are a few negative points. The first are the dream sequences; there are two of them, and at this point dream sequences are pretty much always a gimmick, and add nothing to the film. It creates a false scare, which means that we can become desensitized to real scares in the rest of the movie. The ending (although a valiant effort at a cool twist) ends up making no sense when you think back on past events, and is incoherent.
All in all, it was a enjoyable and was better than I thought it would have been. The director made some interesting decisions, some that paid off and some that did not. At least some attention from the cast and crew went into this film.
The movie follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) an average man attempting to cure his life- long writer's block. He soon meets a group of people witnessing their keyboardist attempting to drown himself in the ocean while being hauled off by the paramedics. This group is being led by none other than Frank (Michael Fassbender), the lead singer who performs and lives his day-to-day life wearing a giant mask. Of course, they are now in need of a new keyboardist and this provides Jon with the perfect opportunity of releasing his creative juices with a group of eccentric "weirdos."
That is all you need to know of the plot, even though the movie is not necessarily plot- centred. It isn't even about the quality of the music, but more often than not, you are constantly asking yourself "is this music actually good?" or "can this be considered music?" or "what is this sound?" It is much more of an experience and you eventually find yourself loving it because of the process of its creation. The movie is much more focused on its characters and how Jon learns to accept that he is completely in the ordinary. This is honestly one of my favourite movies, and has gotten better each time that I have watched it.
I cannot recommend this movie more, and it is a shame that it is not more known and appreciated (especially now that the same director has been nominated for an Oscar for his directorial work in the 2015 film, Room). Of course I can accept that it may not be everyone's taste, because it isn't necessarily a "haha" funny or a drama either and it is also an indie film, I do hope that more people come to appreciate - and hopefully come to love the artistry that is Frank.