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Midnight Special

Midnight Special
Midnight Special
Midnight Special
  • PG-13
  • 1h 51m
  • 2016
Certified Fresh83%
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A father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy's special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.
© 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh83%
Critics Consensus: Midnight Special's intriguing mysteries may not resolve themselves to every viewer's liking, but the journey is ambitious, entertaining, and terrifically acted.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Powerful, emotional sci-fi drama about love and sacrifice.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Midnight Special is a sci-fi drama that writer/director Jeff Nichols made to help process his feelings of becoming a father. Some of the movie's story ideas may seem very familiar, but it's more about emotions than special effects or thrills. That said, there are violent moments and scary effects involving an 8-year-old boy; he's kidnapped and shown with bleeding ears and a bloody nose. There are also very realistic car crashes, guns and shooting, bleeding wounds, and injured bodies. Sex isn't an issue, and language is infrequent but does include one use of "a--hole" and one use of "s--t." Glasses of whisky are poured by not consumed (at least on screen). The movie is thoughtful and emotional, but some story details are left deliberately vague.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date:March 18, 2016
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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