Good acting but any audience tuning in expecting to watch an apocalyptic thriller will be disappointed as that part of the story would have barely fitted into an episode of the Twilight Zone. This movie, rather, is a fully fledged two hour slow, simmering emotional drama that never gets above tepid.
Take Shelter is a shaky-at-best psychological tale dealing specifically with Midwestern American family man Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon), and how his family deals with his pre-psychotic apocalyptic premonitions.
There is also the possibility, however, that Curtis’ obsession about an impending cataclysmic storm may hold some water, so to speak. Unfortunately, you won’t find that answer out until the end of the movie, because for this drama that question was only ever an allegorical footnote.
Take Shelter, nonetheless, competently deals with the theme of an anxiety riddled blue-collar family man living in the corner of some recession hit American Nightmare, and not much else.
Take Shelter quick if this movie comes anywhere near you.