A fairly straightforward “is-he-crazy-or-is-the-world-gonna-end” thriller, taken to an entirely new level by Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain’s stunning performances – as a Midwest couple juggling family concerns with potential madness. Superbly directed by Jeff Nichols, whose ability to slowly increase the tension until it reaches full-tilt crescendo is truly impressive. An exceptional follow-up to his debut film Shotgun Stories (2008). Features one of the most anxiety-inducing, edge-of-your-seat climaxes I can recall since viewing Night of the Living Dead as an 8th grader. One hell of an experience…I needed a drink immediately afterward.
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