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TAKE SHELTER from director Jeff Nichols tells the story of man questioning his sanity, while those around him struggle to understand exactly what is going on. It’s the kind of movie that requires a lot of patience from the audience, but it’s rewards are great.
There’s some terrific acting especially from Michael Shannon who carries this movie not so much in what he says, but in how he acts, how he carries himself. His eyes say so much and his face contorts in odd ways showing you both fear and anxiety. Jessica Chastain is stellar as his wife. She continues to be someone I keep an eye for after seeing her in THE TREE OF LIFE and THE HELP. Every character feels lived in and whole, as if you’re catching them at this moment in their lives and after the credits roll they’ll keep on going.
My only complaint was the ending, which I won’t give away here, but it felt predictable and almost Hollywood. As it inched closer to the final shot, I had an idea of what I wanted to see and it never came.
OVERALL: A terrific film with some great performances that ultimately runs a bit too long.