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Take Shelter

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Take Shelter
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Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His inexplicable behavior concerns those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can't compare with Curtis's privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify.
Publisher: [California] : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD F TAK

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Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His inexplicable ... Read More »


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Dec 17, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Curtis is a dedicated family man living in rural Ohio with his wife and young, hearing impaired daughter. Life seems pretty good for him until he begins having apocalyptic nightmares involving monstrous storms and murderous stalkers; dreams that seem to linger long after he's leapt out of bed. Something bad is going to happen, of that he's convinced, but are these truly visions or is he following the same path as his mother who was institutionalized with schizophrenia when he was only ten years old? No longer certain as to where the dividing line between reality and delusion lies Curtis begins constructing an elaborate tornado shelter in the backyard (a job the family can ill afford) while at the same time making a few hesitant visits to the local mental health clinic. His erratic behaviour soon begins placing a strain on both his marriage and his job, a strain that begins to take its toll on his already fragile mind. Jeff Nichols' amazing film, part psychodrama part social metaphor, is rife with contemporary angst. In fact fear seems to saturate every frame as Curtis obsesses over his family's security, his personal health, and an uncertain future punctuated by ominous signs and portents that only he can see. The film's visuals are arresting and the intense performances uniformly excellent but, given the its overall sense of mounting tension and paranoia, the thundery climax comes across as a bit too tidy...and then Nichols plays his ace. In what has to be one of the most enigmatic codas I've seen in some time he pulls a small cinematic coup which forced me to reinterpret the preceding two hours yet again. I like it when a director does that!

Jun 11, 2014
  • waltery rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

A strange, erratic, unsatisfying, try to be Twilight Light Zone/Hitchcock theme movie.

Apr 02, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This movie i thought was absolutely brilliant. It is paced well (not alot of action folks which makes it feel more realistic) If you want a good meaty psychological game feeling movie, check this one out!

Feb 16, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This is a very slow movie but if you can put up with it, you get a somewhat rewarding ending. Certain aspects of the movie could have been done way better but overall the movie is not bad.

Dec 26, 2013
  • lcrayton2477 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have a love/hate feeling about movies that leave an open ending. Its a good movie that opens the door to discussion but you will never know what the writer truly wanted to convey and this isnt the type of movie to generate a sequel (it barerly made enough to cover expenses and make a profit I think). In my opionion the ending leads to both assumptions. Yes, he was right for building the storm sheltor AND he still needs help mentally. Its in his genes and a broken clock is right twice a day, that doesnt make it functional. In the real world he needs therapy, better safe then sorry.

May 06, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great drama about mental health and descend into insanity. Well acted and well directed. Pace is slow but the film continues to engage. However, by the end, I still don't know if Curtis, the protagonist, is indeed heading toward a mental breakdown. So the closing is open-ended for me.

Apr 25, 2013
  • kaybea rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I agree with rhys33 when he/she askes "Is the main character descending into mental illness or can he sense future events? This is a quiet movie, well acted and beautifully filmed." The ending should help you decide.

Apr 15, 2013
  • Boosterl16 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It dragged, wasn't very good at all.

Apr 13, 2013
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

SPOILER ALERT! The people that marketed this movie performed a major bit of false advertizing. This isn't what you think it's going to be, meaning, an artsy apocolyptic themed film. Instead, it's a slow moving study of a man's descent into paranoid schizophrenia. That being said, Michael Shannon is very good, he's the Christopher Walken of his generation and the film is painless but, I don't know what to make of the ending?

Mar 28, 2013
  • RichardPaul rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Take Shelter ---- DVD - 2012 ---- slow and very Boring ---- It needed a Director or Producer: with experience in this type of acting. ---- Written and directed by Jeff Nichols. ---- Enjoy! ---- RichardPaul (finished 3-2013)

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Curtis: (to roomful of shocked neighbors) "Sleep well in your beds. 'Cause if this thing comes true, there ain't gonna be any more."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Curtis: (to roomful of shocked neighbors) "You think I'm crazy? Well, listen up, there's a storm coming like nothing you've ever seen, and not a one of you is prepared for it."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dewart: "You've got a good life, Curtis. I think that's the best compliment you can give a man; take a look at his life and say, 'That's good'."

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