Friday, April 1, 2016
Midnight Special Review - 3 Stars
Science fiction is rarely done as well as “Midnight Special” - a chase thriller mystery, which begins with police posting an alert for Michael Shannon for kidnapping. We learn he has taken his son Jaeden Lieberher away from a ranch full of cultists who worship the child. With the aid of Joel Edgerton, the two race through Texas back roads at night, to bring the child to his mother played by Kirsten Dunst. Soon the government gets involved, wanting the boy for security reasons. Adam Driver, who continues to light up any film in which he appears, plays a scientist who ultimately understands what the child represents. “Midnight Special” accomplishes the kind of finale most science fiction thriller lack: It pays off. Does it deliver what it promises? Sci-fi thriller that works. Is it entertaining? Compelling. Is it worth the price of admission? Worth it.