Midnight Special Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 3936

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 43

Theatrical Release Date: 03/18/2016

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/21/2016

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Jeff Nichols

Actors: Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard

Plot: When a father learns his son possesses a unique power, one that could ultimately change the fate of the world, he will do everything to protect him, even as a dangerous religious sect and government task force doggedly pursue them. -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/21/2019

"Midnight Special" combines sci-fi adventure with mystery, as well as some interesting ideas, and manages to balance them pretty successfully.

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Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/26/2016

While you think of most sci-fi films as full of action and aliens, Midnight Special is thoroughly grounded, relying on captivating characters and a deep mystery to keep you enthralled. Michael Shannon proves, once again, he is one of the best actors out there while the young Jaeden Lieberher is excellent as his son with some interesting powers. It moves slow, but stick with it - even if the end might not quite satisfy all expectations.

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"Midnight Special" by Yojimbo

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.

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Fascinating. Intriguing. Mysterious. Captivating.

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 …


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Wie in den 80ern

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 …

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