Friday, August 24, 2012

Take Shelter directed by Jeff Nichols

After immersing myself in American politics, nothing can clear my head like a good storm. It might sound strange, but I find preparing for storms extremely satisfying. Even if “the big one” never comes, something about having all those supplies and a plan of action makes me feel good. That’s why I couldn’t resist watching this very odd and offbeat film!

Small town resident Curtis LaForche is having recurring visions and nightmares that convince him of an approaching storm the likes of which the world has never seen. His mother suffers from schizophrenia, and Curtis doubts his own mental health. Nevertheless, he is driven to follow his instincts and protect his lovely wife, Sam, and their young daughter. When he spends money that his family can’t afford to construct an underground shelter complete with gas masks and oxygen, Curtis’s colleagues and neighbors, and even Sam are convinced that he has truly gone over the edge.

Michael Shannon is extraordinary as troubled, suffering Curtis, and Jessica Chastain is wonderful as Sam, who, though sick with worry, opts to stand by her man. Until it’s time to cast your vote, Take Shelter from the political storm that’s coming and enjoy some wild weather! And speaking of visions, what would you do if you could foresee that a certain candidate, if elected President, would cause World War III? Find out what one person does with this knowledge in The Dead Zone by Stephen King.

1 comment:

Natalie~Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I also just watched this film a few weeks ago and really was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't quite sure how to take it at first, but slowly I was pulled in. Quite a satisfying story, slightly creepy in some spots.