I was haunted for days after seeing Jeff Nichols' 2011 supernatural thriller, Take Shelter, and I suspect he'll bring those same suspenseful tricks and slow-burn tactics to his latest cinematic endeavor, a throwback to the sci-fi road trip movies of the '80s called Midnight Special. Taking its cue from the narrative structures of Spielberg-style sci-fi chase flicks with conspiratorial government elements like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Starman, E.T. and in some ways, J.J. Abrams' underwhelming Super 8, this studio film with an indie pedigree could be a sleeper hit come this spring. Nichols admitted the influence of several of these iconic films and their specific tone and measured utilization of special effects in an interview with Little White Lies.
“At the time of writing, my son had just turned one and I was really thinking about what it felt like to be a father and the emotional changes that I felt since becoming a father, and all the responsibilities and insecurities that come with that," he said. "You’ll see some CGI, but I don’t think that you’ll walk away thinking the film is just bathed or drenched in it. I hope the audience just follow the mystery of the narrative, because that’s how it’s designed – it’s designed to unfold like my other films.”
Here's the official synopsis from Warner Brothers:
In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
Nichols' ode to old-school sci-fi stars Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard, Paul Sparks and Joel Edgerton. Have a look at this new trailer and tell us if you'll chase it down when Midnight Special opens on March 18, 2016.
(Via Geek Tyrant)