Movie Review: Take Shelter from any gritty drama that casts celebs as homeless people

Famous actors playing homeless people is always a tough sell. No matter how committed they may be to the role, it’s hard to suspend disbelief; the disparity between the character’s poverty and the celebrity’s obscene wealth is so pronounced that it continually gets in the way. Richard Gere did an impressive job of inhabiting a lost soul earlier this year in Time Out Of Mind, but his performance still felt vaguely like a stunt, because he looked like Richard Gere, rather than like any actual 65-year-old homeless man you’ve ever seen on the street. Even less convincing is Shelter, the first feature written and directed by Paul Bettany. Dedicated to a homeless couple who camped outside the New York apartment building where Bettany lives with his wife, Jennifer Connelly, the film stars Connelly and Anthony Mackie as the two most model-gorgeous vagrants in New York City …

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