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Movie : Snap Review – Take Shelter

 

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A man stands outside his house in a rural setting. He’s looking up to the skies taking in some ominous looking clouds. a storm is brewing. Heavy winds and thunder. Rain water starts to fall. Brown rain water? He’s a family man living in a quiet small rural town. He starts to obsess about the weather. It effects his behavior which effects those around him. You get the feeling things are closing in on him. He has nightmares. Everything seems off kilter. He is feeling something ominous. Is it really happening or is he entering some kind of paranoid, mental breakdown? Things just aren’t right. Time to build a storm-shelter.

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This is one really good film. No false moves. Just real shit. Michael Shannon is very good (as usual) as a man trying to protect the ones he loves and at the same time questioning himself about his mental state. Is he going crazy? The character and the film don’t take this question lightly. The supporting cast is bang on. Beautifully shot, well written and directed by Jeff Nichols. Subtle story telling with very little fireworks. The scene between the main character and his mother is a beautiful piece of truthful acting.

‘Take Shelter’ has a Stephen King (non horror), Twilight Zone feel. I don’t think your time will be wasted if you catch this one. If you see someone in your neighborhood building a storm-shelter he just might be onto something.

 

 

 

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18 comments on “Movie : Snap Review – Take Shelter

  1. Yeah, Another Blogger
    August 18, 2019

    Hi. Haven’t heard of this one. Sounds real good. Did you see the movie that Chastain was in a couple of years ago called Molly’s Game? I liked that one a lot.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 18, 2019

      It is good Neil. I think you’d like it.. No I haven’t seen that one but will keep an eye out for it. Thanks. She was good in this one.

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  2. greenpete58
    August 19, 2019

    Sounds interesting. I love mature, low-key movies with meaning, and this sounds like it might fit the bill.

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  3. Jim S.
    August 19, 2019

    I saw this in the theater when it came out. Even just a short few years ago I was more attuned than I am now to reading the reviews of those “smaller” films and going to see them. Agreed that it’s a good one. Shannon played a particularly nasty prohibition agent in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” a series I very much enjoyed. (It starred Steve Buscemi.)

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 19, 2019

      Shannon is consistently good with his work. Seen it at the theater? Good one Doc.
      How you making out with the movie list CB spent hours on?

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      • Jim S.
        August 19, 2019

        Oh, I watched another one. one. I’ll catch up with you later on that.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 19, 2019

        Cool. I’m curious.

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      • Jim S.
        August 19, 2019

        The envelope please. The answer is “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.” I picked it largely because my wife is a major Tommy Lee Jones fan. But it was inadvertently timely with the idea that a Texas rancher could be friends with an illegal Mexican immigrant. Who knew that was even possible?
        I wonder where a story like that comes from? But it was interesting enough to keep our attention. If anything worked against it, for me, it was the length of the film, especially the journey. I thought they humiliated that SOB enough and could have gotten that point across in less time.
        I also wondered in what way Tommy Lee’s character could claim any moral superiority since he was effectively kidnapping a guy. Is doing that for a larger point morally correct? He seemed a little out of control to me.
        All that aside, good flick and an interesting slice-of-life into which I typically have no visibility. BTW, the beautiful wife of that guy was January Jones who made a big impact on ‘Mad Men.’
        Lastly, I’m not sure what the realization is at at the end. These guys have formed a bond? Me, I’d wanna kill Tommy Lee by that point.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 19, 2019

        “Humiliated that that SOB enough”. That’s classic Doc. Love it. If he killed my best friend CB might go a little strange and max out on the revenge thing.
        “All that aside, good flick”. Definitely worth a watch because of the setting and Tommy Lee. Plus i think it was his first directing gig. Plus compared with other films out there Doc, you didn’t have to get CGI’d to death. Modern western.
        Good take fella. I liked it. Our bud Levon looked a little rough. Him and Jones had been friends for a long time.
        Maybe you could take Tommy for a little walk through the badlands of Massachusetts. Pay back for that dick Barry Pepper.
        I await the next envelope.

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      • Jim S.
        August 20, 2019

        Oh yeah, Levon. Fuck. Forgot. Quite the character. He and Tommy Lee were in “Coal Miners Daughter.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 20, 2019

        Correct. Seems to me there’s something else also.

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      • Jim S.
        August 20, 2019

        You’re right. I had to look that one up. It’s called “In the Electric Mist.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        August 20, 2019

        thats it. Dont remember much about it.

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  4. BuriedOnMars
    August 19, 2019

    You had me at Michael Shannon. Locked me in at Stephen King. Will watch.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      August 19, 2019

      Yeah Mars I think you’ll like it. Small town feel, beautifully shot and acted. Good story.

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  5. Thom Hickey
    August 28, 2019

    Good spot CB. I’ll be tracking this down.

    Regards Thom

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