Michael Shannon stars as Curtis - a man who appears to be on a steady
mental decline. After watching his mother suffer from mental illness,
Curtis becomes worried as he starts to have violent dreams,
hallucinations and premonitions of a tornado that could wipe out his
house and family.
Is Curtis becoming a paranoid schizophrenic?
Can he get the help he needs?
Take Shelter is a movie featuring two
fantastic acting performances that deserve a movie with a better
Shannon is a great actor and you get to see that talent on display as
he shows us Curtis getting worse and worse without ever making it too
obvious what may be happening with his mental health. That mystery
makes the audience look closely for any hint or clue, but it also gets
us to pay attention to Shannon's performance, which explodes at times,
and frightens us with its emotional turns at others. He has one of the
best worried, haggard faces in movies today, and watching him interact
with the amazing Jessica Chastain almost makes up for the slow pace.
Take Shelter could move along a bit quicker,
but the biggest disappointment is the ending that leaves too many
questions. Sometimes, an open ended conclusion can be cool, but this
one seems unfair to the audience, which deserves a clearer, more
Take Shelter is rated R for some language.