First Intense Clip From Michael Shannon's Sci-Fi Thriller MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

I'm extremely excited for this upcoming sci-fi film called Midnight Special. The movie comes from director Jeff Nichols, who previously brought us great films like Take Shelter and Mud. The movie stars Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard, Kirsten Dunst, and Joel Edgerton, and it looks fantastic.

The film has a very classic '80s Amblin vibe to it and was inspired by films such as E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Starman. We have our first clip for the movie to share with you today, and it offers us a mysterious, intense moment that features Shannon's character being very overprotective of a young boy wearing goggles. Here’s the official synopsis:

Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. Gradually, we begin to understand why this boy with extraordinary powers has to wear protective glasses. We also learn why religious extremists are interested in him, and why both the local police and high-ranking American government officials are hot on the heels of father and son. In his new film Jeff Nichols may have changed genres but he remains true to himself. Midnight Special is an idiosyncratic mixture of science-fiction and family saga; at the same time, Nichols continues to explore the structures of violence and paranoia in small-town America, showing us both the influence wielded by arch-conservative sects and the powerlessness of the individual in the face of an aggressive state apparatus. The longer their flight continues, the more fantastical it becomes as we observe a loving father undertaking everything in his power to lead his son to his destiny a destiny that could also decide the fate of the entire world.

Midnight Special is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next week and it will be released in theaters on March 18th.

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