"Midnight Special" Really Doesn't Shine a Light on Me

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment serves up the "Midnight Special" for independent sci-fi fans. Director Jeff Nichols helms from a script by himself, which could be a hint as to the problem with the movie. Michael Shannon and Joel Edgerton head up the cast filled out with Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard, Adam Driver, and the wonderfully talented Jaeden Lieberher.

In “Midnight Special”, the government and a group of religious extremists pursue a man (Michael Shannon) and his son (Jaeden Lieberher). The young boy possesses special powers both want to get their hands on.

If you can be satisfied watching a movie because the acting is satisfactory and the first two acts are engaging, then give "Midnight Special" a watch. I wouldn't say you're wasting your time. Just don't expect to get any sort of closure in the end.

Some viewers will proclaim I just didn't "get" what Director / Writer Jeff Nichols was trying to say with "Midnight Special". I "got" all the attempted reflections on parenthood and the dangers of organized religion. They just don't mean as much when your narrative has little reason for existence. What tale does the film aspire to tell? Apparently nothing worth explaining to the viewer.

"Midnight Special" is rated PG-13 for some violence and action. Aside from profanity, it's void of the usual adult situations you've come to expect in every movie put out today. I don't even recall any blood or gore.

Bonus material for the Blu-ray release of "Midnight Special" include featurettes. There are character origins which give background and insight into the main players. “The Unseen World” gives Jeff Nichols the opportunity to help us understand and make sense out of his project.

When going into "Midnight Special", you're led to believe it's going to be a sci-fi think-piece with the heart of a Steven Spielberg film like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "E.T.", or even "A.I." Now imagine those movies, but with no sort of satisfying conclusion or resolution. You're left completely in the dark as to what the point of the whole thing is. Some might call that independent filmmaking. I call it bad storytelling.

"Midnight Special" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a digital download.