Midnight Special is a 2016 American-Greek science fiction film written and directed by Jeff Nichols, and produced by Sarah Greenand Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. The film stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, and Jaeden Lieberher.The film is Nichols’ fourth full-length film and his first studio production. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.
The story revolves around Roy and his biological son, Alton Meyer, escaping from both the government and a cult, after discovering that Alton has special powers. The film began a theatrical release on March 18, 2016 by Warner Bros. Pictures, expanding wider in subsequent weeks.
In a motel, Roy Tomlin watches an AMBER alert for 8-year old Alton Meyer, who is sitting on the floor. The reports describe Roy and his companion Lucas as Alton’s abductors, but they treat the boy with great care.
At the Ranch, a religious cult in rural Texas, Pastor Calvin Meyer dispatches two of his parishioners to retrieve Alton. He then faces his congregation as the FBI storms their church. Agent Paul Sevier asks Calvin how numbers sent via encoded satellite transmissions made their way into his sermons. Calvin explains that Alton speaks in tongues and gave the numbers to Calvin. As Alton’s powers grew, his mother abandoned him, and members of the Ranch have been raising him.
After a violent confrontation with a state trooper, Roy and Lucas seek cover at the home of a former Ranch member named Elden. During the night, an earthquake seems to wake Roy and Lucas. When they break down the door to Alton’s room, they find him communing with Elden by shooting blinding beams of light directly from his eyes into Elden’s. Roy knocks Elden out and covers up Alton, who is extremely photosensitive. They take Elden’s van and continue on toward a location that Alton specified. Members of the Ranch seem to know this location, but the FBI is desperately trying to figure out where the trio are headed.
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