“Midnight Special” follows a cult that worships a special kid. Well, the government has gone bonkers and the kid’s “dad” has had to take him on the run. While blasting their way past Kylo Ren, the truth of this kid’s special abilities begins to emerge. Throw in a few CG moments and a tad bit of the Dunst to pad it out. So, why did it work? The answer is Michael Shannon.

Michael Shannon has found a way to work in Nichols’ films. He’s quickly becoming Nichols’ answer to De Niro or Dicpario. He doesn’t hit the dialogue with the panache of a Samuel L. Jackson, but Shannon finds a way to make the world of “Midnight Special” so real. What hurts the film is the lack of any substantial answers. Towards the end of the film, so many large ideas are tossed into the mix and then the film ends. I want so much more than to just follow one kid making a big jump forward.

Hell, if Disney was releasing the film, we’d have spin-off films scheduled by this point. Do we dare dream of a Midnight Special shared universe?


  • 1 hr and 52 mins
  • PG-13
  • Warner Brothers


  • 86%
    Film Score - 86%

The Plot Thus Far

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child’s special powers.

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