Popping on my radar this week is this little film from Jeff Nichols, called Midnight Special. I have not heard much about it until now and I have to say it sounds really good. The poster made it’s debut and I have to admit it’s a good poster and done the job of piquing my curiosity.
The film has a terrific cast including Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver. The director opened up about the film a little bit recently and said Shannon plays father to the boy in the film.
“The son happens to have unique gifts,” Nichols said. “It’s a weird word to use, but his gifts are, um, supernatural. ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind,’ ‘E.T.’, ‘Starman,’ they were my inspirations – very propulsive journeys that work when you can’t predict what’s going to happen next. This is my sci-fi chase film.”
Starman, Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, and E.T. All terrific movies and all about some kind of alien in pursuit or trying to get back home, with the Feds and all kinds of people hot on the trail. Those movies are all so terrific and such a huge part of the 80’s, referencing these movies has just moved this film up on my must see list for 2016.
I wonder what Mr. Nichols has up his sleeve.
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