Midnight Special (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

Midnight Special (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

Midnight Special (2016) (Blu-ray Review)

📅16 June 2016, 19:08

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Midnight Special (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst
Rated: PG-13/Region A/2:41/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Warner Brothers.

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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.

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Midnight Special comes across to me as a movie that was very much inspired by someone’s love for Steven Spielberg movies. The movie as a whole seems to have a bit of a darker tone, but you can’t help but feel that Spielberg vibes from nearly the first frame. As a whole, I’d also say this is a movie that misses the mark just a bit. It is a slow burn for most the part with brief moments of interesting and weird things going on. It tries to fill out the rest of the running time with character development that is also filled with our characters being on the run and the whole entire mystery angle of just what is so special about the little boy here that our leads would darn near kill someone to make sure nobody gets him. That mystery is what holds up the movie for the most part overall and we do want to see just what the deal is and we want to try to make sense of it all when the other foot drops. I just don’t know if the reward is as good as we might have hoped once that foot drops in the third act, and just a little bit before. Once things happen you get a moment of confusion that is a bit followed up with a “that’s it?” feeling. I don’t know what I could have expected, but after the build we get I did expect more than what I got.

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The acting here does a fine job most the time of keeping things rolling when there isn’t a whole lot going on. Michael Shannon as the kid’s father Roy, Joel Edgerton as the trooper helping them out, and even Adam Driver who plays a scientist on their trail all seem to bring their A-Game to the film. I did, however, find the performance of Kirsten Dunst as the kid’s mother, Sarah, a little stiff. I can dig weird movies and Midnight Special walks that line between the weird and sci-fi world of movie making. It has shades of what would make a good science fiction movie but it gets too dragged down by its own drama filled plot that is sorta sucks all the fun out of it, more or less, by the time it ends. Some may be more patient with it than I was, but I think I expected a little more than the movie was willing to give. As for the technical side of the disc, it looks good MOST the time. The only fault I can find with it is when things get dark they actually are too dark from time to time. I don’t have any issues with anything else I watch, so I just assume its the fact they didn’t use much light and not any problem on my end. It does, however, pack some interesting character featurette as the bonus material on the release as well.

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Extras

– The Unseen World
– Origins: Roy, Lucas, Sevier, and Alton

Quality of Transfer: 88%

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