Claiming this is has traits of great films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind or E.T. is some really high praise. Midnight Special comes from the director of Mud which had some great performances by a cast that starred an Academy Award winner and some of Hollywood’s rising young talent and this is pretty much the same concept.
Michael Shannon is an understated actor who becomes the beacon of light in any film he is (he was also in the aforementioned Mud) and also stars; Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and Sam Shepard, not too shabby.
The premise (courtesy of RottonTomatoes) is simple:
A drama about a father and his eight-year-old son who go on the lam upon discovering that the boy possesses mysterious powers…
Good enough for me!