In TAKE SHELTER, a likable family man, Curtis LaForche, lives in a small town with his wife Samantha and deaf six-year-old daughter Hannah. When he begins having intense apocalyptic nightmares, he pours his anxiety into rebuilding his property’s storm shelter. His obsessive behavior alienates everyone in his life, including the family he is trying to protect.
This is a good movie, leaving you wondering until the end whether this average Joe is a modern-day Noah or simply suffering from the same schizophrenia that plagued his mother. Michael Shannon is fantastic in the leading role, presenting a soul in torment. I didn’t find it great, however, as despite the arresting dream sequences, the rest of the film moves somewhat slowly, making it more of a psychological drama than true apocalyptic fare.