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Take Shelter

Take Shelter
Take Shelter
Take Shelter
  • R
  • 2h 1m
  • 2011
Certified Fresh92%
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Following his acclaimed debut, Shotgun Stories, writer/director Jeff Nichols reteams with actor Michael Shannon to create a haunting tale that will creep under your skin and expose your darkest fears. Curtis LaForche lives in a small town in Ohio with his wife, Samantha, and daughter, Hannah, a six-year-old deaf girl. When Curtis begins to have terrifying dreams, he keeps the visions to himself, channeling his anxiety into obsessively building a storm shelter in his backyard. His seemingly inexplicable behavior concerns and confounds those closest to him, but the resulting strain on his marriage and tension within his community can’t compare with Curtis’s privately held fear of what his dreams may truly signify. Take Shelter features fully realized characters crumbling under the weight of real-life problems. Using tone and atmosphere to chilling effect, Nichols crafts a powerful psychological thriller that is a disturbing tale for our times.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh92%
Critics Consensus: Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Psychological drama has language, mental health themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Take Shelter is a psychological drama with themes around mental health, occasional strong language, and trauma. The story centers on Curtis (Michael Shannon), whose life becomes disrupted by a series of nightmares and hallucinations that leads him to believe an apocalyptic storm is incoming. Curtis' wife, Samantha (Jessica Chastain), endures his behavior but it also takes its toll on her and Curtis' work life. Their daughter, Hannah, is deaf and is played by Tova Stewart, who is a deaf actor. Both Curtis and Samantha use sign language to communicate with Hannah. Violence is infrequent and not graphic, although Curtis' nightmares and visions are traumatic and in some cases recall violent incidents. There are also a couple of minor violence confrontations that include a slap to the face and a scuffle that involves punches and kicks. A couple of accidents and other incidents result in blood being drawn from minor injuries. Language is also rare but does feature in some heated arguments and exchanges, with a few instances of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters are seen drinking and on one occasion it would appear someone is driving under the influence. Curtis is also seen taking prescription medication to help with his condition.

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Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Release Date:July 15, 2011
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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