Midnight Special Review
Feb 16, 2016
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Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Question about the final shot.
Michael Shannon is an alien as well, isn’t he?
A less powerful version, I guess.
Otherwise I don’t get the meaning of the blue light shining through his eyes, in the very final shot of the movie.
Yes, it was my interpretation that he was an alien as well. It makes sense within the story because it explains why his son has powers. Although humans do not have the ability to enter their dimension, these light beings may have the ability to enter our dimension. This back story would make for an interesting film as well
I think your theory makes sense. I originally thought maybe he gained some form of the ability after what happened in the forest. He said he saw a glimpse of the world. So I thought it possible that he may have gained the ability to at least see into that world and see his son.
I don’t get that scene at the end when he came in to interview Lucas. Why was he pretending not to know him? Or did he not know him and it was Alton shifting reality to protect Lucas? I can’t believe no one else has brought thus up! Or was the govt letting him off the hook by using Sevier? Or using Sevier to get at the truth as no one else could?
About the ending
So the boys father is standing there in jail with electrodes attached to his head. Is that supposed to mean they observe his behavior and abilities, because he is also from the other world as suggested by the final flash from his eyes?
I think that yes, if he is not from the alternate world, he is somehow connected to it now, or at least connected to Alton.
Yes right…I was just wondering if the electrodes could have any other explanation…they were not going to electrocute him, I hope! :-
There was this light in his eyes, the same as his son had.
The light in the son’s eyes was blue and blinding and radiated out of his eyes.
All there was in the final shot was the reflection of the setting sun in his eyes and it wasn’t blue, nor blinding, nor radiating.
The implication I got from that was that he was looking up at his son, knowing he was up there somewhere in “the plane” where the “other people” lived.
There was a flash of white light in his eyes, to me it means he sees his son.
that seems a likely explanation to me, too. there was a subtle flash in the father’s eyes, not nearly as powerful as his son, but not human, either. so maybe they were monitoring brain activity especially while he was exposed to sunlight, which seems to have some special effect on these atypical beings. the source of their power, maybe?
Definitely a flash in the eyes.
To me I read it like he had some connection to the parallel world. I mean, logically, the kid is his biological son, so genetically there has to be something…
Special Effects A Bit Too Modern?
Just got back from this flick, loved it. The acting, pacing, and cinematography are all stellar.
Then you get to the special effects. At first, I loved the otherworldly nature of the blue light…but soon, it felt like the kind of toned down the color or something, as if the producers thought it looked too cheesy. By the end of the movie, I felt like I was watching any other summer blockbuster
Reflection on becoming a father.
Jeff Nichols wrote the film as a reflection on becoming a father.
Because he wanted final cut of the film, Jeff Nichols originally considered to make the film with an independent film studio rather than at Warner Bros Pictures. It wasn’t until his last meeting with Warner Bros that he informed them of this. However, the producers at the company still agreed to make the film, due to the small budget needed for it.
Jeff Nichols’s first studio production
“Man of Steel” Connection
At one point in the movie, Jaeden Lieberher asks “What is Kryptonite?” His father in this film is played by Michael Shannon, who recently played General Zod in “Man Of Steel.”
One of the government code words Adam Driver’s character mentions is “red saber.” Driver is well known for portraying the red lightsaber-wielding Kylo Ren in Star Wars Episode VII.
What do you think will happen to the Dad?
Will he be locked up for the rest of his life?
He will follow the kid. At the end of the film the dad’s eyes was lightning, either the boy gave his abilities to him or the dad was also an alien.
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RT/Meta Critic Review
but it is nonetheless an intriguing sci-fi entry and an engaging story about family.(Click here to see)