2011: #7 Take Shelter


Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Written by: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, and Tova Stewart
Distributer: Sony Pictures Classics
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 9/30/2011
Date seen: 10/21/2011
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $3 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 3 (Score, Actor, and Original Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

Jeff Nichols’ debut film, Shotgun Stories, was a decent indie with a good visual style, but there wasn’t much in it to prepare us for Nichols’ fully formed sophomore effort, Take Shelter. Dealing with themes of paranoia, insanity, and responsibility Take shelter tell a deep story within a small canvas. Both Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain are excellent in their roles as a husband who believes he’s seeing apocalyptic visions and a wife who must deal with the fallout. Speaking of the apocalyptic visions, they’re extremely well rendered; nicely ambiguous but also frightening in their own way. My only real complaint about the film is its ending, which I felt sort of undid the film’s nice ambiguity, but otherwise this is a strong work worthy of high praise.
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