Directed by Jeff Nichols and released in it’s home country of the U.S.A. in 2011.
Michael Shannon has been a valuable part of the ensemble in every one of the films I’ve seen him in. He steals the show every time and in Shotgun Stories, the first film I saw with him in the leading role and a film, he outshines in every aspect.
Take Shelter is no different. It contains another spectacular performance from Shannon and an interesting take on the psyche. It touches on schizophrenia aswell as ordinary family life and manages to convey both as well as each other. Jeff Nichols, who directed Shannon in his directorial debut Shotgun Stories, has a knack for direction and a keen eye that brings out the best shots. The score is also worth mentioning as it helps the story along even though it’s just music. It intensifies the scenes and matches Shannon’s acting abilities.
My expectations for this were high and I felt after viewing it that it was almost on par with Shotgun Stories which I also feel very highly for. The character Shannon portrays is so vivid that I think it can only improve on another viewing. Jessica Chastain was great too as the loving wife. For her to have this and The Tree Of Life in the same year. What a pair of breakout performances. Never heard of her before The Tree Of Life.
The finale is my favourite from this whole year undoubtedly and it does have some tough contenders (Turin Horse, Cold Fish, Melancholia). A brilliant film that deserves two or three viewings at the very least.