21. 'Midnight Special' (2016)
Director Jeff Nichols (Loving) pays homage to Spielberg's Seventies and Eighties classics with this
moving story of an unusual child and the father who would go to any
length to protect him.
Alton Meyer is a strange kid who has a penchant for tuning into frequencies no human ears can pick up (like, say, intelligence agency satellites) and can do
amazing things with his eyes. Naturally, this makes him a person of interest to both religious cults and government spooks. As we hit the road with our confused on-the-run hero, we realize that Midnight Special is more about our terrestrial problems than extraterrestrial invaders. It’s a powerful example of how to use adult-friendly sci-fi to illuminate the human condition as opposed to merely thrilling and distracting us. BT