Midnight Special, the fourth film from popular indie director Jeff Nichols, feels like the offspring of Steven Spielberg’s two scifi classics, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The potential of that kind of mainstream story, from the heady director of Take Shelter and Mud, sounded like…
Sometimes, letting yourself get too feverishly excited about an upcoming film can backfire. But a letdown doesn’t seem imminent with Jeff Nichols’ upcoming scifi thriller Midnight Special, which has a fantastic cast (Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst) and gives off major Spielberg-meets-Carpenter vibes.
Jeff Nichols’ retro-tinged science fiction thriller Midnight Special looks like the type of film you don’t want to know too much about before you see it—which means the tidbits we’ve gotten (a poster, an early trailer, one thrilling clip) are tantalizing rather than being especially revealing.
Last week, we saw the poster and some images for Midnight Special, an upcoming thriller from director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter) that takes inspiration from Spielberg’s scifi classics, including E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Now we’ve got a trailer that makes us even more excited for the movie.
Starman, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind. They’re all films that director Jeff Nichols cites as influences for his upcoming sci-fi film Midnight Special. And you can see that Eighties/Steven Spielberg influence both in the first image and poster released from the film.
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