Midnight Special is a unique movie that’s kind of hard to categorize. It’s a genre bending mash-up of a road movie and sci-fi flick that pays homage to Perfect World, Starman, and Close Encounters. The movie starts without much explanation or backstory, all we know a man is on the run with his son. As the movie progresses we learn the boy has special powers and is dying. His father must keep him alive while the government and a religious sect are in pursuit. Despite all of the characters, themes, VFX events, and unanswered plot points the film is very simple. At the core, it’s a story about a father’s love for his son and how he will do anything to save his boy.
I think that practical special effects will always be required for many situations in movies but there is a fast growing technology which allows many practical fx to be recreated in post production by the visual effects team. From explosions to squibs, there are many
visuals that now can replace to a good degree our practical fx. There will always be challenges but also innovations with new technologies, practical special effects are developing with them and are always sharing more with visual effects.
Read Gilbert’s movie review of MacBeth: http://festivalreviews.org/2015/12/09/movie-review-macbeth-2015/ I recently chatted this Gilbert about his reactions to the Shakespeare 2015 version of MacBeth. What is your personal history with this epic Shakespeare play? When did you first read it? Have you seen it performed on stage? I always loved English Literature in school. I studied in Singapore,… Continue reading 2015 MacBeth – Interview with reviewer Gilbert Seah