November 22, 2011 3 Comments
We have all had that feeling when we wake up in the middle of the night. A cold sweat, labored breathing and panic. We chalk it up to just being a bad dream and nothing more, but there is this lingering feeling that there is something real about we just felt. Panic, fear, uncertainty and the unyielding tone of dread that makes us questions if what we were dreaming is real or not. It feels real to us, but hard to explain and put into words. Take Shelter is just like that feeling, one that stabs at us in the night makes us begin to question what is real and a dream. Omens, premonition, signs, what does it all mean? Take Shelter looks at one man’s dreams or visions and how they begin to affect his daily life. The dreams bleed over to his conscious state and we aren’t certain if he is going insane or having a vision about an impending doom.
A sophmore release for director Jeff Nichols has him teaming up again with Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) as the lead of the movie, Curits LaForche, and Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life) as his wife Samantha LaForche. Curtis has to struggle with these vivid dreams and conscious visions of storms, tornadoes and other phenomena that hail to him some kind of dangerous omen of things to come. Curtis starts to plan for the worse, building and expanding a storm shelter for his wife and deaf daughter, stocking up on food, water, batteries and purchasing gas masks as if it was the height of the Cold War. His visions grow increasingly violent where he stops trusting those around him, straining his relationship with his wife and losing his friends in the process. He struggles with his grip on his mental state and questioning if what is happening to him a sign of something bigger, challenging his faith and family relationship.