Watch this creepy first clip from Midnight Special

The new sci-fi film Midnight Special comes out next month and now you can get a first look at a scene from the movie.

As we've previously noted, every year seems to bring us one breakout, modestly-budgeted sci-fi movie that's more rooted in ideas than spectacle, and it seems as if Midnight Special might fit that bill this year.

The movie starts Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) as a father who must flee with his young son (Jaeden Lieberher) in order to protect him while figuring out the source of his mysterious powers. In a first clip posted by Yahoo!, Shannon warns off a woman at a truck stop before she can get the boy to remove the Cyclops-like glasses he's wearing -- for what purpose, we don't know. But it's only a matter of moments before we see that the boy has already set something ominous in motion.


The tone and atmosphere of the brief scene are right on the money, which is not surprising considering the filmmaker behind the movie is Jeff Nichols, who delivered a dark apocalyptic drama with Take Shelter and a pitch-perfect Southern noir with Mud.

Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst and Sam Shepard will join Shannon and Lieberher in the movie, which premieres at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin next month before opening on March 18. Read the official synopsis below and remember that title, because I think we'll be talking about Midnight Special a lot in six weeks or so.

In the sci-fi thriller “Midnight Special,” writer/director Jeff Nichols proves again that he is one of the most compelling storytellers of our time, as a father (Michael Shannon) goes on the run to protect his young son, Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), and uncover the truth behind the boy’s special powers. What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Ultimately his father risks everything to protect Alton and help fulfill a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre–defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.

(via The Playlist)

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