Saturday, June 30, 2012

#goodreads - Take Shelter

If I made a list, Take Shelter would be among my favorites of 2011. This overlooked gem is a hard one to classify. Not quite horror/thriller, but calling it purely a drama would be a mistake. Maybe understated thriller fits best?

A working-class man (Michael Shannon) begins to have disturbing dreams about an impending disaster.

Reminds me of M. Night Shyamalan's early work like The Sixth Sense and Signs. Not in terms of big twist endings, but rather a quietly rising tension. Shannon gives a terrific performance, as does Jessica Chastain. Sony Pictures Classics has the screenplay online. Read it here.

I also came across this interview with writer/director Jeff Nichols. It starts off on the wrong foot, but gets good after that.

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