Midnight Special starts off with a missing child news report, Alton was kidnapped from his adopted father from the "cult" grounds in which he lives. The people here believe that Alton is a God. After questioning the people from the cult, they FBI turn to look for Alton's real parents, Lucas (Joey Edgerton) and Sarah (Kirsten Dunst), who we find out quickly are the ones that have kidnapped Alton. They don't do it for personal reasons though, they are strictly helping Alton get to where he needs to go in order to fulfill his destiny.
Alton is not an ordinary child. His mind is much more advanced that anyone else on the planet. At first, he must sleep at night in order to hone his abilities. But throughout the movie he learns more about himself and who he is and what he needs to do. His parents are trying to get him there, regardless of what may happen after that.
Eventually, the FBI finds Alton and tries to question him. Well, needless to say, he breaks out and is reunited with his parents. Then the story picks up slightly. Because the FBI figured out where Alton is
I didn't like how the movie progressed, it had a fairly slow pace to it. I do however like the science fiction story that it has, even though there were a lot of holes that didn't explain much. I thought the acting was pretty good for the parents and the child. And I liked the ending even though it was sad for the parents.
I'm going to give this movie an "okay" rating. Though the acting and some of the story were good, I felt like there were just too many holes in the story (perhaps it just went over my head, that is possible). Like why did they have to kidnap him? And why did the cult even want him? Then there's the FBI, what do they want with him? This movie reminded me of Stranger Things, the X-files, and Tomorrowland. If you are a science fiction fan then I would recommend it, but that is the only reason. How Alton found himself was nice to watch, but there was just a lack of something that I'm not sure.
"If that boy were an apple, he'd be a delicious"