Midnight Special

2016 PG-13 PT1H51M Blu-ray / DVD

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Midnight Special

2016 PG-13 PT1H51M Blu-ray / DVD
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After discovering that his young son possesses extraordinary powers, a father must try to safeguard the boy not only from the intensive pursuit of government authorities but also a band of religious fanatics.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: DVS - Descriptive Video Service, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Midnight Special is a sci-fi drama that writer/director Jeff Nichols made to help process his feelings of becoming a father. Some of the movie's story ideas may seem very familiar, but it's more about emotions than special effects or thrills. That said, there are violent moments and scary effects involving an 8-year-old boy; he's kidnapped and shown with bleeding ears and a bloody nose. There are also very realistic car crashes, guns and shooting, bleeding wounds, and injured bodies. Sex isn't an issue, and language is infrequent but does include one use of "a--hole" and one use of "s--t." Glasses of whisky are poured by not consumed (at least on screen). The movie is thoughtful and emotional, but some story details are left deliberately vague.

Sexual Content

Not applicable

Violence

Several scenes of guns and shooting, with bloody wounds and characters falling when hit. Scary scenes of destruction, debris falling from the sky, tremors, collapsing rooms, kidnapping, etc., all involving an 8-year-old boy. He has a bloody nose and bleeding ears. A woman is smacked against a wall. A few realistic car crashes. A man is smacked in the head with a lamp. Some sudden, mildly scary visual effects.

Language

One use of "s--t," and one use of "a--hole."

Social Behavior

The movie is about selflessness and sacrifice, especially on the part of parents for their children. It also subtly addresses the dangers of blind faith/thought.

Consumerism

Mention of Nissan during a radio ad, Isuzu car shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

One character asks for "a drink." Two drinks are poured (whisky) but not consumed.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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