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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Take Shelter by by Jeff Nichols, 2011 (R)

with Michael Shannon, Katy Mixon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Kathy Baker, Ray McKinnon, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Robert Longstreet, Guy Van Swearingen, Tova Stewart, Natasha Randall, Scott Knisley, Ron Kennard

Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) stars in this Sundance-selected thriller as Curtis LaForche, a small-town family man who's determined to protect his wife (Jessica Chastain) and deaf daughter (Tova Stewart) from impending disaster. Fueled by disturbing visions of a terrible storm, Curtis sets out to prepare for the future by building an impenetrable storm shelter in the safety of his own backyard.

Ok suspense, good acting, although Michael Shannon can be sometimes too much of the same character (Revolutionary Road ?), and the rhythm of the movie too slow. In other word, once we understand the complexity of him thinking, pretty simple in a way, I guess there is no need for the laborious non-evolution of his fear. It has either to grow or to evolve, but instead, it goes all the way to the top, and then stays there, leaving the audience uninterested by his torture. Sad. Good twist in the end that saves it a little.

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