Take Shelter

November 10th, 2011


Take Shelter

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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.7/10 (12,081 voted)

Critic's Score: 85/100

Director: Jeff Nichols

Stars: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham

Curtis, a father and husband, is starting to experience bad dreams and hallucinations. Assuming mental illness, he seeks medical help and counseling. However, fearing the worst, he starts building an elaborate and expensive storm shelter in their backyard. This storm shelter threatens to tear apart his family, threatens his sanity and his standing in the community, but he builds it to save his family's life.

Michael Shannon - Curtis
Jessica Chastain - Samantha
Tova Stewart - Hannah
Shea Whigham - Dewart
Katy Mixon - Nat
Natasha Randall - Cammie
Ron Kennard - Russell
Scott Knisley - Lewis
Robert Longstreet - Jim
Heather Caldwell - Special Ed Teacher
Sheila Hullihen - Woman in Road
John Kloock - Man in Road
Marianna Alacchi - Bargain Hunter
Jacque Jovic - News Anchor
Bob Maines - Walter Jacobs


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Release Date: 10 November 2011

Filming Locations: Elyria, Ohio, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $52,041 (USA) (2 October 2011) (3 Screens)

Gross: $1,724,558 (USA) (19 February 2012)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:

Curtis: Is anyone seeing this?

User Review

Review for Take Shelter

Rating: 9/10

Fear is the driving force for most of humanity, whether we choose to admit it or not. We fear financial distress, health problems, losing the people we love, and even bad weather. Fear grips our ability to function properly, to mentally process right and wrong, and to keep hold of the things we cherish most. Fear is the ring-leader in our circus of life. Take Shelter is an exposition of how fear can rule and ruin our lives. In this film, Curtis, played by Michael Shannon, succumbs to his greatest fear of "the storm" that is coming. Curtis begins dreaming of a horrific storm that not only takes his life but the lives of those he loves. This storm is almost depicted as an end-times, natural disaster. Curtis' dream becomes all-consuming for him as it starts impacting not only his sleep, but his life during the day. It is the fear of the dream becoming a reality that drives Curtis over the edge. Because of this, his job, finances, relationships, and marriage are all affected. This film is so much more than just the average apocalyptic, fear-fest. Take Shelter also portrays the commitment and faithfulness of marriage during a time of extreme doubt and confusion. It is beautifully portrayed how and why Samantha (Curtis' wife) stays so committed to her husband, even after he has given her plenty of reasons to leave. In a culture where over 40% of marriages end in divorce, this film speaks profoundly against that percentage. It is a refreshing experience to see the storms of marriage overcome by the vow of commitment. This film could quite possibly stir up a new statistic…and I think that would do the world some good.


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