MID­NIGHT SPECIAL

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by Jeff Ni­chols. Star­ring Michael Shan­non, Joel Edger­ton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shep­ard Ni­chols, di­rec­tor of Take Shel­ter and Mud, goes full scif-fi with this Spiel­ber­gian drama con­cern­ing a gifted child flee­ing a de­ranged re­li­gious sect. Mid­night Special is at its weak­est when en­gag­ing di­rectly with the fan­tas­tic. The ul­ti­mate “so­lu­tion” to the boy’s mys­tery is per­func­tory in its de­tails and un­der­whelm­ing in its com­put­er­gen­er­ated ex­e­cu­tion. But, when still open to enigma, the pic­ture buzzes with a gothic dis­or­der that is very much the di­rec­tor’s own. 12A cert, gen re­lease, 111 min

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