Conclusion: As its limited release made clear, Take Shelter will not be to everyone's tastes, but I suspect anyone interested enough in cinema to read this review this far will get something out of it. For me, this ranks among 2011's best and most fascinating films, a drama that would be worthy to compete against the other Best Picture nominees (and even bests Chastain's two).
Conclusion: Receiving such a limited release, it's understandable if you weren't able to see 'Take Shelter' in theaters. Now that it's on Blu-ray, you have no excuse for missing it. 'Take Shelter' is one of the very best films of 2011. The performances by both Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain made it onto my nominations ballot. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that Chastain deserves her Oscar nomination for 'Take Shelter' over ' The Help .
Summary: A man is either going insane, can see the future, or both. Michael Shannon is the man and Jeff Nichols directs. The result proves again why Shannon is one of the best, and director Nichols is every bit as magnificent.
Excerpt: We’ve all had the experience of waking up in a cold sweat from a terrifying nightmare. Sometimes your unconscious mind can find what truly scares you and shake you to your core. You go through your normal routine but just can’t let go of what you felt. But what if your dream wasn’t just a dream? What if it was actually a premonition? What would you do? This is the central premise behind Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter .
Excerpt: Writer-director Jeff Nichols re-teams with his Shotgun Stories star Michael Shannon for his second feature, Take Shelter , which has a similar setting, but a different mood. Nichols is still concerned with family legacies, and the ways people in smaller communities relate to each other, but Take Shelter is slower and smoother, deliberately developing a mood of creeping dread.
Conclusion: Take Shelter is a challenging film on several levels. It asks its audience to engage in the story rather than sit idly and watch it pass on by like a storm in the night. It places every viewer in the shoes of its lead character, a man who must battle the outward pressures of conformity and the inward pressures to do what he feels is right, no matter the cost, both monetary and otherwise.