It is the kind of film I would get through on review disks all the time, or even a showing at the film festivals like FrightFest, which will normally get a DVD/Blu Ray release so I'm not sure if I was disappointed with the film or the cinema experience of watching the film so I will no doubt write a review again after re-watching the DVD release and think differently which does happen on occasion.
The film is a story of Roy, a father on the run from a religious community with his son Alton, who the community , known as The Ranch, believe has powers from god. Alton, can pass on images of an event to those who look into the beam of light which emanates from his eyes. Roy has been tasked with getting Alton to a specific place at the right time for the event to happen. Also on their trail are the US Government who are tracking Alton after his garbled words spoken at the Ranch months previous end up being scripted Government information. Travelling through the night, so to keep is boy safe Roy and old school chum Lucas must face race against time but what is the event?
Midnight Special can be interpreted in several ways. We never seen what those around Alton has shown them, we do not see the exact reasoning why this event is happening, well not until the end but even then there isn't alot explained other than a possible ET like going home scene, but is Alton from another planet or could Alton be an Angel? On watching this I personally would say they boy is an angel, and his event is going home back to heaven with the world getting a small glimpse into the other side, the two layer which Alton explains earlier in the film, which is a beautifully shot scene but.....whats it the reason for it? Why is Alton there on earth in the first place?
Midnight Special has various layers, layers which will unravel the more you watch it no doubt. It felt pretty dragged out at points and felt longer than it actually was, leaving both me and my wife looking at our watches wondering when the film will end. However it was beautifully shot, well acted by all and overall was...fine, I just maybe would of rather have watched it at home rather than the cinema.
If you have a Cineworld or Odeon limitless card then I would highly recommend having a look, otherwise I would just wait for the DVD release.
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