Midnight Special | First Look

Midnight Special | First Look

In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” a father goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers.

In an age of blockbusters with huge special effects sequences, it’s nice to see something on a smaller scale that looks just as compelling. Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) plays Roy, a father who takes his son on the run once they learn of his special powers.

Title: Midnight Special | Release Date US: 18th March | UK: 15th April


In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon), goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers.


What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever, in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.


“Midnight Special” stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Oscar nominee Sam Shepard. Rounding out the main cast are Bill Camp, Scott Haze and Paul Sparks.

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