Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 03/17/2020
A young boy with supernatural powers is abducted by his father and they make a dash for a rendez vu with they-know-not-what based upon nothing but intuition, with the authorities and a cult-like church community in hot pursuit.
Midnight Special is the kind of earnest concept sci-fi that always reminds me very much of cult TV show The X-Files. The set-up is very similar, with a duo of a “believer” partnered with a law enforcement officer who brave adversity in the shape of “The Man” who is desperately trying to stop them. And like The X-Files it is tense, intriguing and compelling during the bulk of the story. And like The X-Files, the “explanation” at the end contains more questions than answers and as such is perplexing, frustrating and rather unsatisfying.
Snoogans - wrote on 08/14/2016
'Midnight Special' is one of the most intriguing sci-fi films of the year. Writer/director Jeff Nichols brings us a tightly wound plot with interesting characters and a captivating mystery at it's core. It's paced slowly, with each new reveal laid out in natural progression. We are dropped into the middle of the situation, learning bits of information continuously. It feels both smart and adult, but also captures some of that childlike wonder present in the types of films that it emulates. The presence of opposing forces and a countdown clock gives a constant sense of urgency and danger. I like the ambiguity of the finale, but with the entire film essentially being build-up the final destination was not as satisfying as I'd hoped. Kind of a typical confusion for this type of film. …
ikkegoemikke - wrote on 07/22/2016
"You all have no clue of what you're dealing with, do you?"
Fascinating. Intriguing. Mysterious. Captivating. These are words that crossed my mind after watching this quirky SF. "Midnight Special" seemed to be nothing special. But at the same time it contains something special. The atmosphere of secrecy that is noticeably present from the beginning, creates an intensely long trip full of mystery and intrigue. That underlying tension will resonate for a long time until the final offensive deploys and all questions are being answered. But believe me, most of the time you'll be sitting perplexed in front of your screen, while wondering what the hell is going on.
The strength of the film is the way in which they reveal as little as possible. The story unfolds itself painfully slow. Roy …
cinegeek.de - wrote on 03/07/2016
Es gibt eine neue Generation von Filmemachern in Hollywood, die scheinbar alles daran setzen, das Blockbuster Kino der 70er und 80er wiederzubeleben. Jeff Nichols gehörte für mich bis dahin nicht dazu mit seinem spirituellen Stil. Mit dem SciFi Drama Midnight Special scheint aber auch Nichols beweisen zu wollen, wie erfolgreich er sein kann, indem er Bekanntes wiederbelebt. Midnight Special ist ein zeitloses Abenteuer; eine Hommage an die unheimliche Begegnung (aber welcher Art?) und einen Ausserirdischen, der versuchte, nach Hause zu telefonieren. Gefilmt mit demselben selbstbewussten Ton, der auch Nichols früheren Filme auszeichnet. Leider aber fehlt die Magie der Vorbilder und deshalb ist Midnight Special im Ergebnis etwas Enttäuschendes geworden. Im Kern erleben wir eine einzige …