In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town set out to make a zombie movie. While shooting their Super 8 film, they witness a catastrophic train crash and, after barely escaping themselves, they soon discover that it wasn't an accident.
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Considering that Super 8 is produced by Steven Spielberg, and is written and directed by J.J. Abrams the film could have been better marketed, but Super 8 has appeared in cinemas almost without warning.
I'm going to give you the same information that I knew about Super 8 before watching it, as the outline for the story: Some kids are shooting a film and they accidentally film a train crash which may or may not have involved aliens (but probably has, as its Spielberg). Truly, that's all you really need to know about this film to enjoy it.
Let me try and be a little more blunt. Super 8 is incredible, everyone should see it without exception, it film merges several films and genres to create a perfect storm of enjoyment for any cinema audience. I know the question you are asking yourself? What's all the fuss about?
Super 8 has a surreal calmness about it, unlike the frantic Cloverfield or the boring Battle L.A. Super 8 knows that it can take it's time with the story and development, this gives J.J. Abrams time to increase the depth of each character while keeping the story moving, try to imagine Super 8 as ET meets Cloverfield with some Stand By Me and The Killer Tomatoes, if you put it all in a hand basket and sent it to hell this is what would be sent back, and it's all the better for it.
Of course the film does stink to high heaven of Spielberg, but then if you are going to have his name on the poster you better give recognition to him, one of the few drawbacks to Super 8 is that it references Spielberg at every possible moment, from the girl walking in a red coat in one of the long shots to the noise that the "creature" makes sounding all to much like a Veloceraptor from Jurassic Park.
In fact the whole film is kind of just a remake of every other great film before it, but here's the thing. It works. Super 8 is never forceful with it nods to other movies, however it instead silently rings of everything, a good example of this is that one of the characters names in Charles film is "Detective Romero", the film is complied full of tiny references like that.
I suppose now I think about it, what I like most about Super 8 is that it's so very, very, very, clever. Super 8 at no point feels like it's playing for time or like it's rushed, it paces itself perfectly and is shot beautifully. I tip my hat to J.J. Abrams, however it comes clean off my head to Larry Fong the Cinematographer who makes Super 8 is totally faultless.
Speaking of faultless, the cast, while mostly fresh faces all give stellar performances,
Joel Courtney withdrawn and difficult mindset, to Riley Griffiths bullying tactics, to Ryan Lee's hyperactivity, to Elle Fanning nervousness, in this film the kids are defiantly all right. Supporting the teens is a good selection of talent with Kyle Chandler and Ron Eldard giving stand out performances.
Super 8 is a throwback to films that we have all too quickly forgotten, films that had courage, heart and brains. Super 8 is this generations ET.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Writerdirector JJ Abrams teams with producer Steven Spielberg for this period sci-fi thriller set in the late 1970s and centering on a mysterious train crash in a small Ohio town Summer 1979 a group of young friends are filming a super-8 movie when a pick-up truck derails a speeding train When the locals start to disappear and even the inquisitive deputy can&39;t come up with answers suspicions emerge that the incident was anything but an accident As the truth finally begins emerge no one is prepared to learn what now stalks the unsuspecting citizens of this once quiet community Kyle Chandler and Noah Emmerich star
Sci-fi thriller set in 1979, directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. While shooting a film with his friends next to a railway in a small town in Ohio, 13-year-old Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) witnesses a truck crashing into a train. Soon he discovers that this was no accident. When his friend, Alice (Elle Fanning), is abducted by a mysterious creature, he learns that the US government have been keeping an alien in captivity since the 1950s. Now free from its captors, the alien will stop at nothing to get home, meaning Joe is running out of time to save Alice...