Somber, Scary Drama
Release Date: September 30, 2011
Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica
Chastain, Tova Stewart, Shea
Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy
Baker, Ray McKinnon, Lisagay
Hamilton, Robert Longstreet
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 120 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics/Sony
Director: Jeff Nichols
Executive Producer: Sarah Green, Brian
Kavanaugh-Jones, Greg Strause,
Producer: Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
Writer: Jeff Nichols
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Curtis, the movie’s protagonist, lives in a small Ohio town with his wife, Samantha, and their 6-year-old daughter, Hannah, who’s deaf. Curtis begins having disturbing nightmares of an apocalyptic storm coming.
Secretly, Curtis gets some sleeping pills and starts seeing a counselor to stop the nightmares, but they keep getting worse. He then starts expanding the abandoned storm shelter in their backyard. His behavior increasingly disturbs and confounds Samantha and his co-workers at the sand mining company where he works. When he confides in his wife, it tests the power of their love for one another.
TAKE SHELTER is a movie about how people deal with intense anxiety and fear. In fact, according to the director, he created the movie against the backdrop of the current economic recession, which began in 2008. This certainly makes TAKE SHELTER a potent metaphor for the current times in which we live.
That said, the movie’s tone turns out to be too somber. Also, there is little, if any, spiritual content in TAKE SHELTER. Thus, the only shelter the protagonist really finds is his wife and family, but will they stick by him becomes the main plot question. Ultimately, Jesus Christ is our shelter, our refuge. As Psalm 34:2 says, “The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.”
All in all, the somber tone in TAKE SHELTER and its strong foul language warrant strong caution. Also, the nightmares the hero has are rather intense and scary.
TAKE SHELTER is about how people deal with intense anxiety and fear. As such, it matches current worries about the terrible state of the economy. Eventually, the hero finds refuge in the enduring love with his wife, but there’s no moral, spiritual foundation to that love. Of course, Jesus Christ is our true shelter. As Psalm 34:2 says, “The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.”