‘Take Shelter’ at 10: Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain dissect their apocalyptic “masterpiece”

‘Take Shelter’ at 10: Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain dissect their apocalyptic “masterpiece”

In the opening scene of Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols’ stunning 2011 sci-fi, a man gazes skyward at some dark and scary clouds. Lightning flickers within, before a dark liquid begins to rain down on top of him. Little do we know, but the man, a local miner called Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon), is about to enter a living nightmare. It’s a moment that film fans love all over the world – and, after storming the French Riviera at Cannes Film Festival in May, arrived on UK shores exactly 10 years ago this week. Take Shelter director Nichols had only made one film before (2008 thriller Shotgun Stories, also starring Shannon), but along with a talented cast including rising star Jessica Chastain, he crafted a slow-burn thriller that’s one of the …
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