Midnight Special follows a father, Roy, who goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton, a boy with mysterious powers that even Roy himself cannot comprehend. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Risking everything, Roy is committed to helping Alton reach his ultimate purpose, whatever that might be and whatever it costs.
The film features a stand out performance by Jaeden Lieberher, as Alton, and great support from Kirsten Dunst who plays his mother. Being pursued by the government and a cult drawn to your special powers is a lot to emote and Jaeden literally shines. However, considering the magnitude of the story, the gorgeous cinematography often misses grander opportunities.
As Alton is being chased across the country from highways to cheap motels, the film can drag in ways that are reminiscent of the suspense of No Country for Old Men delivered with a bang. However, Jeff Nichols creates a compellingly crafted sci-fi thriller with Midnight Special. The film is passionately mysterious and builds up to a climax that just raises more big questions. The film stratifies any sci-fi junkie looking for a good fix.
Midnight Special is a provocative film that combines mystery, thriller and science fiction into one supernatural adventure. It is a suspenseful story that takes audiences on a perilous journey from Texas to the Florida coast, all while exploring the bonds of love and trust, and the nature of faith.
“A visible spectrum of light came from his eyes.”
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