Saturday, July 23, 2011

TAKE SHELTER (Jeff Nichols, 2011)

***½
USA
Across a gnawing, progressively unnerving two hours Michael Shannon descends into an illness somewhere within the cross-spectrum of schizophrenia and post-9/11 post-GFC middle-American anxiety.

The script shows its seams through the supporting characters. (What is it about Jessica Chastain and high-profile roles in movies by men who can't write women?) But Shannon's unravelling is not only persuasive but deeply, urgently moving.

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