Midnight Special

Midnight Special

Midnight Special

Michael Shannon (99 Homes) is a father on the run with his super-powered child in this sci-fi drama from the director of Mud. With religious extremists and local law enforcement hot on their tails, he has only a small window to discover the origins and meaning of his young son’s abilities. Co-stars Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Adam Driver (The Force Awakens) and Joel Edgerton (Black Mass).

2015Rating: M, Science fiction themes & violence112 minsUSA
DramaScience FictionFestival & Independent
96%
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Reviews & comments

A Getaway Car Movie and A Sci-Fi Movie

A very surprisingly good movie that does well from start to finish. Some things that stood out as excellent: Joel Edgerton's Chevy driving skills, Michael Shannon's acting chops, a cameo role from Adam Driver, an apt orchestral theme tune and a very cool premise which leaves modern, darker renditions of "superhero" movies in the dust.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Impressively restrained yet limitlessly imaginative...

Total Film

Total Film

press

Taken as a throwback to the thrillers of Carpenter and Spielberg’s cinema of wonder, it is special indeed.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Little here feels like science or fiction but sci-fi is exactly what this is, from the heart and out of this world.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The most haunting part of this riskily earnest film isn’t the unmentionable effects coup of its grand finale, but the quieter beats, all in close-up, that comprise its coda: atomised, spent, and sad.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There’s an absence of fun here, and for what is ultimately a chase movie, a severe lack of pace.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Confirms Nichols' uncommon knack for breathing dramatic integrity and emotional depth into genre material.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The film’s strength is in its humanity rather than its super-humanity.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

Impressively restrained yet limitlessly imaginative...

Total Film

Total Film

press

Taken as a throwback to the thrillers of Carpenter and Spielberg’s cinema of wonder, it is special indeed.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Little here feels like science or fiction but sci-fi is exactly what this is, from the heart and out of this world.

4.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The most haunting part of this riskily earnest film isn’t the unmentionable effects coup of its grand finale, but the quieter beats, all in close-up, that comprise its coda: atomised, spent, and sad.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There’s an absence of fun here, and for what is ultimately a chase movie, a severe lack of pace.

2.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Confirms Nichols' uncommon knack for breathing dramatic integrity and emotional depth into genre material.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The film’s strength is in its humanity rather than its super-humanity.

4.0

A Getaway Car Movie and A Sci-Fi Movie

A very surprisingly good movie that does well from start to finish. Some things that stood out as excellent: Joel Edgerton's Chevy driving skills, Michael Shannon's acting chops, a cameo role from Adam Driver, an apt orchestral theme tune and a very cool premise which leaves modern, darker renditions of "superhero" movies in the dust.

4.0