Brain Storm

The indie thriller Take Shelter conjures a psychic apocalypse

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Take Shelter film still.

Curtis Laforche (Michael Shannon) is standing outside his rural Ohio home when the first meteorological omen comes: "Dark, thick rain," he says later, "like fresh motor oil." Steel fingers of lightning angrily streak the sky; swarms of birds fly in chaotic formation, as if an A-bomb just exploded. Then the signs get more personal. The family dog, good old Red, takes a vicious chomp out of Curtis' arm. While driving, he and his 6-year-old daughter Hannah (Tova Stewart) are attacked by a murderous mob. Sitting at the kitchen table, he can't help noticing his loving wife Samantha (Jessica Chastain) eyeing a...

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