Long delayed and seemingly not commanding much of Warner Bros‘ attention, Jeff Nichols‘ “Midnight Special” still looks to be the movie we’ve been hoping for. In a review out of the Berlin International Film Festival, Jessica Kiang called the film a “mournful homage, or maybe a psalm, to the primal instincts of fatherhood,” mixing aspects of of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter and James Cameron, and a new trailer has arrived.
Starring Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard, the story follows a messianic child whose gifts make him the target of a variety of vaguely sinister groups, and the father who must protect him. Here’s the official synopsis:
Roy (Michael Shannon) is a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son in this genre-defying thriller which proves once again that director Jeff Nichols is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time. As father and son go on the run, an intense chase ensues as they are hunted down by a mysterious cult and a clandestine government agency – the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event.
“Midnight Special” opens on March 18th and will screen at SXSW.