Take Shelter


(out of 5)

 is electrifying as a steadily employed Ohio construction worker who lives the good life with his wife () and daughter but is plagued by unsettling, apocalyptic visions. Night after night he experiences nightmares about Biblical destructions upon the land, and things get hairier when he begins to see omens in his waking life as well. Pretty soon he no longer wants his dog around, and begins to gather materials with which to build a storm shelter behind his home. Is there a judgement coming upon the world? Or is he slowly going insane? This excellent drama rides the line between the two possibilities with such intelligent precision that you will find yourself doubting your own rationality by the time it is over. Director Jeff Nichols does a mesmerizing job of raising the stakes with such unpretentious practicality so that, while Shannon’s dream life might be full of science-fiction wonder, his problems as a result of his ever-loosening mind are rich with an intensely dramatic reality. Chastain stands out as his sympathetic but increasingly frustrated wife.

Hydraulx, REI Capital, Grove Hill Productions, Strange Matter Films

USA, 2011

Directed by

Screenplay by Jeff Nichols

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Gotham Awards 2011

Independent Spirit Awards 2011.  

New York Film Critics Awards 2011.  

Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Washington Film Critics Awards 2011.  

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