and I can say with some certainty that Jeff Nichols has a heck of a career ahead of him. To be frank, after your first 1000 or so IMDb reviews, you get a bit cynical. You start to understand that, in spite of the hype, movies are not as good as they used to be -- more like production-line white-bread, all mapped out and pre-sold into the appropriate distribution channels before the first viewer ever even gets a look -- and that in the same time period, TV has come to surpass film in terms of quality and entertainment value. And then every now and then you get a film like Midnight Special and for a brief moment you start to think this medium might someday recapture its glory days. I am not going to tell the story or do anything which will diminish your experience, should you choose to see this film. I will simply say that, if you believe the primary goal of a movie is to hold your interest and entertain, this one does the job from the first frame to the closing credits. Boy is that refreshing! The actors -- not name actors -- were excellent. The special effects were mind-boggling, especially for an indie. The script breaks (or bends) some rules of conventional narrative but otherwise is so tight you could use it for a drum solo. Highly recommended.
Alton Meyer is a boy unlike any other in the world with bizarrely powerful abilities and strange weaknesses. In the middle of the night, his father, Roy, spirits him away from the isolated cult that practically worships him and is determined to regain him at all costs. At the same time, Alton's abilities have been noticed by the US government as well and they are equally insistent on getting to the bottom of this mystery with Paul Sevier of the National Security Agency leading the Federal pursuit with his own questions. These rival hunts force father and son into a desperate run towards a looming date with destiny that could change everything.