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This movie is incredible. Light use of CGI enhances the overall feeling of dread that grows throughout the film. The ending never fails to give me chills.
If "Take Shelter" is really supposed to be considered great movie-making - Then - IMO - The film industry is in mighty big trouble.
I don't know how any of the actors in this picture could've kept a straight face, delivering their absurd lines in this cinematic rubbish.
And, speaking about actor, Michael Shannon - I have to tell you that this guy really gives me the creeps, big-time.
C'mon, now! Surely this demented, little "Dizzy Daddy" story was (in reality) supposed to be regarded as a black comedy - 'Cause I honestly can't imagine anyone (in their right mind) taking this truly laughable "prophecy" nonsense at face value. I can't.
And, speaking about the likes of serious mental illness - Is Take Shelter's story actually telling me that I'm now supposed to accept the apocalyptic-based nightmares of a delusional one with a straight face? And, with that - I should now start building my very own underground shelter (like - Pronto!) in preparation for the day?.... Ha! Spare me!
Initially, I had sat down to watch "Take Shelter" with some very low expectations. And, even in that state of mind, this $5 million fiasco-film went well-beyond being grossly disappointing on all counts.
This movie was ok. It was not what I had expected! It is not as good as it could have been. The acting not very good and the movie seems to be missing alot.
Very slow moving film. I was wondering what the point was. This movie got better as it went along until I thought it was quite interesting.
i can't really add anything new to the previous comments. but i do want to repeat very good acting. i've become a fan of michael shannon since watching him in "99 Homes" (one of the main reasons i wanted to watch this movie)
Acting was good. Everything else. Blah. The script tried too hard to be clever, when in reality, it was too slow. Way, way, way too slow. I don't care what the director or writers had in mind, it was painful to see the main character going through his 'episodes'. They were obviously trying to make the movie seem about some psychic guy predicting a coming cataclysm. It dragged to the point where I just wanted to fast forward to the end. No matter how it turned out, it wasn't worth the teeth-pulling misery the director put me through.
Good film/photography work, but the storytelling is a bit long and, for me, a little too ambiguous.
Jeff Nichols' amazing film, part psychodrama part social metaphor, is rife with contemporary angst. In fact fear seems to saturate every frame as Curtis obsesses over his family's security, his personal health, and an uncertain future punctuated by ominous portents that only he can see. The film's visuals are arresting and the intense performances uniformly excellent but, given the its overall sense of mounting tension and paranoia, the thundery climax comes across as a bit too tidy...and then Nichols plays his ace. In what has to be one of the most enigmatic codas I've seen in some time he pulls a small cinematic coup which forced me to reinterpret the preceding two hours yet again. I like it when a director does that!
A strange, erratic, unsatisfying, try to be Twilight Light Zone/Hitchcock theme movie.
This movie i thought was absolutely brilliant. It is paced well (not alot of action folks which makes it feel more realistic) If you want a good meaty psychological game feeling movie, check this one out!
This is a very slow movie but if you can put up with it, you get a somewhat rewarding ending. Certain aspects of the movie could have been done way better but overall the movie is not bad.
I have a love/hate feeling about movies that leave an open ending. Its a good movie that opens the door to discussion but you will never know what the writer truly wanted to convey and this isnt the type of movie to generate a sequel (it barerly made enough to cover expenses and make a profit I think). In my opionion the ending leads to both assumptions. Yes, he was right for building the storm sheltor AND he still needs help mentally. Its in his genes and a broken clock is right twice a day, that doesnt make it functional. In the real world he needs therapy, better safe then sorry.
A great drama about mental health and descend into insanity. Well acted and well directed. Pace is slow but the film continues to engage. However, by the end, I still don't know if Curtis, the protagonist, is indeed heading toward a mental breakdown. So the closing is open-ended for me.
I agree with rhys33 when he/she askes "Is the main character descending into mental illness or can he sense future events? This is a quiet movie, well acted and beautifully filmed." The ending should help you decide.
SPOILER ALERT! The people that marketed this movie performed a major bit of false advertizing. This isn't what you think it's going to be, meaning, an artsy apocolyptic themed film. Instead, it's a slow moving study of a man's descent into paranoid schizophrenia. That being said, Michael Shannon is very good, he's the Christopher Walken of his generation and the film is painless but, I don't know what to make of the ending?
Take Shelter ---- DVD - 2012 ---- slow and very Boring ---- It needed a Director or Producer: with experience in this type of acting. ---- Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul (finished 3-2013)
A slow paced, nuanced and thoughtful movie, great acting and definitely worth seeing. Michael Shannon at his best.
About a regular man with a regular job and a family to support. ..His descent into schizoprenia.. Very eye-opening. Makes me think about friends that have this disease. I had no idea about the details of this illness.
Wonderful portrayals. He has a great wife..
Engaging, though perhaps a bit slower than it needs to be. The performances are convincing, the story interesting and thought provoking. I wasn't blown away, but still would recommend it.
It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”