Watch: Reality Upended in 'Take Shelter'
Michael Shannon was robbed… The versatile character actor has made a name for himself with his share of solid and disturbing performances, from Revolutionary Road to Boardwalk Empire, and the indie drama Take Shelter has given the 37-year-old actor his first real high-profile platform to carry a film. The man knocks it out of the park; too bad the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failed to take notice, snubbing him for a well-deserved Oscar nomination.
Still, in addition to other festival accolades, Shannon has been recognized for an Independent Spirit Best Male Actor nomination, which is no small consolation prize – and a vote of confidence/indie cred by his peers.
Take Shelter -- directed by Jeff Nichols and also starring Jessica Chastain (who also delivers a solid performance) -- deserves to be seen by a wider audience, and fortunately the film arrives on DVD and Blu-ray February 14.
Watch our clip from the slow-burning drama, which casts Shannon as a content, hard-working father whose world is upended when he begins to have nightmarish dreams of a coming apocalypse. Unsure of whether or not his visions are real or the inherited symptoms of a family history of psychological disorder, he decides to build a storm shelter in his back yard – which threatens to bankrupt him and alienate his family.