Blu-ray Review “Take Shelter”

Directed by: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 121 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

In the most cases, movie posters really influence whether or not you will see a movie. This one definitely packs a really cool poster and drew me to want to watch this film.  It is also backed with some amazing tension and amazing performances. Michael Shannon really knows how to take his character and hide deep in it in order to deliver some great drama. Jessica Chastain also delivers another emotional performance after her role in “The Help”.

The film takes place in a small town in Ohio. It follows Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) who has apocalyptic visions in his dreams. He starts planning to create a tornado shelter in his backyard. With history of mental illness in his family, his wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) is having trouble believing him. Is the apocalypse really coming or is Curtis family history catching up with him.

The Blu-ray presentation looks and sounds great, especially during the dream sequences. The special features included on this film complements the great film. There is a very interesting commentary with director Jeff Nichols and Michael Shannon. There is a great behind the scenes included as well as a featurette called “Better Safe Than Sorry”. Lastly, there is a brief Q&A with Michael Shannon & Shea Whigham, which is worth checking out.\


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