I do not often have much to say on this blog.
So I’ve decided to write movie reviews. Because I watch a lot of movies and I always have, since I was tiny and small.
This weekend I watched a movie called Take Shelter with Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.
And this movie creeped me out. I do not creep easily, not at all. I have seen so many horror movies that I am desensitized to all the usual scares the movies provide. I think the last movie that actually scared me was David Fincher’s Zodiac. No, actually, it was Session 9.
Take Shelter isn’t even a horror movie exactly. It is about a man (Michael Shannon) who has uneasy dreams, one right after the other, and begins to believe that a terrible storm is coming, a Biblical storm perhaps. He begins to build a storm shelter on his property. His wife and neighbors and friends think he’s gone nuts. His mother has been lashed by paranoid schizophrenia for decades, you see. But he persists. Something happens near the end and you think “well, that’s it.” But then other things happen that change everything you’ve seen until that moment.
The movie takes its time. Some might find it slow-moving but I enjoy a slow-build. Slow builds are fairly rare nowadays at the movies. The performances are excellent all around. There are few working actors more compelling than Michael Shannon nowadays. The movie inspires a low-level dread that changes slowly into urgent dread and finally into a kind of low-key panic. (If you have anxiety issues – you may want to skip this one)
Check it out.