'Midnight Special' Clip Jumpstarts A Strange Sci-Fi Mystery

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Midnight Special is an upcoming science fiction film by Jeff Nichols, the filmmaker behind the films Mud and Take Shelter. The film stars Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Kirsten Dunst, and Joel Edgerton.

A new clip was released, and it shows us a glimpse at its sci-fi mystery that has a classic '80's vibe to it as if it's inspired by films like E.T. Close Encounters of The Third Kind, and Starman. Watch the clilp below: 

 

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Here's the official synopsis: 

Every mile that Roy and his eight-year-old son cover on their journey down highways and byways brings us closer to their incredible story. Gradually, we begin to understand why this boy with extraordinary powers has to wear protective glasses. We also learn why religious extremists are interested in him, and why both the local police and high-ranking American government officials are hot on the heels of father and son. In his new film Jeff Nichols may have changed genres but he remains true to himself. Midnight Special is an idiosyncratic mixture of science-fiction and family saga; at the same time, Nichols continues to explore the structures of violence and paranoia in small-town America, showing us both the influence wielded by arch-conservative sects and the powerlessness of the individual in the face of an aggressive state apparatus. The longer their flight continues, the more fantastical it becomes as we observe a loving father undertaking everything in his power to lead his son to his destiny a destiny that could also decide the fate of the entire world.

Midnight Special is set to premire in the Berlin Film Festival next week, and it will be released on March 18.