An Ohio family man experiences a series of disturbing visions that gradually begin to weigh on his marriage and community when he begins obsessively constructing a heavily fortified storm shelter. Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon) has a good life. He lives in a beautiful house with his loving wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), and their deaf six-year-old daughter, Hannah (Tova Stewart), but begins to sense that something ominous is on the horizon when the dark clouds of swelling storms begin invading his dreams. Taciturn, Curtis refuses to discuss the dreams with anyone, but feels compelled to dig out a massive storm shelter with the help of a good friend (Shea Whigham). Meanwhile, as Samantha grows increasingly concerned with Curtis' erratic behavior, the local rumor mill begins to churn. Are Curtis' dreams a prophetic omen of things to come, or is he perhaps headed down the same dark road as his mother, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when she was approximately the same age that he is now? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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This movie was really different in that you dont know if you are watching a psych movie or a prophetic movie. Also a great acting job by Michael Shannon, the lead. Sometimes a little slow while frameing the movie- but stay with it. This is a diamond in the coal mine.
I really wanted to like it, was looking forward to it. Was deeply disappointed. My wife fell asleep, and it dragged on. I like the story elements, but it just added up to nothing. The church dinner scene was the best.
This slow, slower, & yet slower still, movie is 2 hours looong. Some scenes were nothing more than everyone having breakfast with no point to the conversation. The writing and dialogue was amateurish. When a director has to use 3 dream sequences & 2 hallucination scenes in order to "fool" the viewers with fake suspense, you know they're desperate. This movie was a 30 minute "Twilight Zone", at best. The title "Take Shelter" should have been "Take it Slow" OR maybe "Take Shelter" was actually a warning for us to heed. Unfortunately we didn't...