Midnight Special

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2.5/5 Stars

Summary: “The government and a group of religious extremists pursue a man and his son, a young boy who possesses special powers”

The summary of Midnight Special, as short as it is, sounds like it’d make an exciting movie. Even with it being indie, I thought it looked like it had a lot of potential.  Unfortunately, that potential didn’t follow through for me.  What a surprise since critics loved it…

The movie started jumping right into the action, except it wasn’t that action packed.  It was slow and I was trying to put together all the pieces of what was going on, but not that much was really happening at the same time.  You come to understand through the movie that a lot of important stuff happened before the movie even started that is only talked about here and there.  I would have LOVED to see all that.  This movie needed a much stronger beginning and something, anything would’ve done that.

As I got further into the movie, I was liking it a bit more.  Still not loving it, but hoping that at some point it would all come together to make something great.  The characters seemed like they had interesting stories to tell, but they weren’t being told.  There is this whole religious cult which these people fled from and we don’t get to see or hear much of what their lives had been like.  I didn’t really care if they did what they were trying to do or not.

Then there was the ending.  All of a sudden you get what they’re trying to do and then it’s done.  It ends just like it starts, in the wrong spot.  The movie was already 2 hours long, and I don’t expect (or want) it to have been longer, but a scene or two in the beginning and the end to have it all make sense and feel complete would’ve helped in my opinion.

Have you seen Midnight Special and loved it?  Let me know in the comments.

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