mistersmith wrote:RottenAtom wrote:Finally watched this and enjoyed it. Michael Shannon nailed his performance.
He was great but I was bummed out by the movie. The promotional stuff sold it as some Biblical rage, end-of-the-world stuff and it was anything but. And the very ending -- WTF was that about? Not to spoil anything, but doing what it did means he was right or he was still wrong -- in either case it ruins the whole thing. You're the first person I've seen praise the movie. Everyone else feels kinda...taken.
The way I see it, the ending definitely leaves it ambiguous. Just when you think you've got him pegged as a paranoid schizophrenic the storm comes. So either he's not "crazy" and he was actually having premonitions of the storm, or he does suffer from paranoid schizophrenia and is having another "dream." I'm not sure what I think, but I love the ambiguity.
I thought it was a great slow-burn. With 20 minutes left, I was on the edge of my seat and had no idea what was going to happen. I was thinking "Is he going to open the door and let them out of the Shelter or go nutso on his family? If he does open it, what the hell is going on up there?" The suspense was thick.
A defined ending wasn't really necessary, imo. At it's base it's a love story. It's about a marriage and a family and all the shit they go through. In the end, they're still committed to each other despite everything- regardless of which way the ending goes.
I may be off track, but that's what I take from it after one viewing.
I try and avoid promotion for movies, because expectations have a way of ruining things. I went in blind and was pleased with how it turned out. So glad it wasn't your typical "brink of apocalypse" movie.
The cast did a terrific job, and that scene where Michael Shannon goes off and flips the table was incredible. I heard that wasn't scripted and the "extras" were a bunch of locals. After the first take (the one they used) some of them couldn't take the drama and asked to be excused.