Midnight Special - 4 Stars
This most unusual sci-fi offering hits many of the right notes.
The film revolves around Roy and his biological son, Alton Meyer, escaping federal and local officers, after discovering that Alton has special powers.
Normally a movie like this would focus on big explosions and high speed chases with unnecessary casualties and CGI. This is not the case for this film and I was most impressed. The characters were the central focus of this film, making it an interesting psychological examination of these people under stress. The involvement of a cult like group added additional fascination to the film.
The performance of the whole cast were outstanding, with Michael Shannon and Adam Driver being standouts. The child actor Jaeden Lieberher was also impressive and outshone actors twice his age. Kirsten Dunst’s performance was the most over-billed, her screen time is minimal and her character is sidelined most of the movie. However, that doesn’t stop her shining in her on screen moments. Australian actor Joel Edgerton is a rising star and his performance in this movie is fantastic.
The few moments special effects were used were great plot wise, but the apparent lack of budget resulted in tacky looking CGI.
Overall one of the most innovative, interesting sci-fi films in years. It’s a must see for any fan of the genre.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment