"Somber, Scary Drama"
What You Need To Know:
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.”
(B, HH, LLL, VV, N, AA, D, M) Light moral worldview showing love between troubled man and his family marred by some strong humanist attitudes with no turning to God, and a somber, depressing tone that survives until the end; 23 obscenities (including several “f” words), three strong profanities and two light profanities, plus man gets sick and vomits; some intense violence includes nightmares of storms and dog attacking man’s arm, man has nightmare of driving in car with daughter when a strong storm appears, fighting, family hides in shelter during storm, and man gets angry and turns over table and yells at people that there’s a terrible storm coming, like nothing they’ve ever seen; no sex scenes; upper male nudity; alcohol use and man appears somewhat tipsy and drunk from drinking; smoking; and, man takes sleeping pills so as not to be disturbed by strange nightmares that give him insomnia, man uses backhoe from work without asking boss, and tension between wife and husband, who’s acting bizarre after having nightmares about a terrible storm coming.
TAKE SHELTER is a somber and scary, but intense and sometimes moving, movie about a family man who’s having disturbing nightmares of an impending disaster. Most moviegoers will find the somber tone lacking the necessary entertainment value to make this intense movie a hit or something that most viewers really want to experience.
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.