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From critically acclaimed director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and Oscar Winning producer Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan) comes this action-packed science fiction thriller.
It's summer 1979, and a group of friends from Ohio are in the middle of making their own student film. While shooting a scene at a nearby train station one night, things take a drastic turn for the worse and the group of friends witness a devastating train crash. Soon after, they begin to notice strange happenings around their town as people begin disappearing and inexplicable events begin to occur.
Disturbed by what they have seen, the kids set out on a dangerous mission to investigate into this spine-chilling phenomenon and uncover the truth. But what they unearth proves to me much more sinister than they ever imagined. -M.F.
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For the first occasion in a long time it feels like I've watched a real film. Not just special effects that look amazing (although there are). Not just dialogue for dialogue's sake. A proper story, characters, action, intrigue, rights of passage. A proper film that even my wife enjoyed - and something I wish I'd seen at the cinema.
Super 8 is clearly a love letter to movies of the past, and yes, the times themselves when those movies were playing in cinemas. You will most likely enjoy this movie if you grew up watching ET, Stand By Me and The Goonies. I mention ET before the others because it bears more than a passing similarity to it. Spielberg was even the producer of Super 8, which I find amusing. Picture quality is great on the Blu-ray, coupled with very clear and deep sound quality. This produces a very good home theatre experience. For example the famous train derailment scene is breathtaking, even on a small TV screen. There's a nice amount of extras on the disc, with enough to satisfy the fans.
Watched this in the cinemas when it came out, didn't have high hopes for it.. But its defiantly worth the watch, any sci-fi fan out there will enjoy the interesting take on a group of nerds in a small town. Though it was very well done, some normal predictable plots and all but all in all pretty good! 3/5
A fantastic film. Great for kids and Adults alike really, so a good one for a family film night. Also good to put on to entertain the kids when you're busy or have other people's children round, since not that many people have seen it before. Enjoyable, as well as being well directed (of course it is, it is Spielberg).
This film is absolutely brilliant in its genre, as you would expect from Spielberg and Abrahms. The actors, even the kids, in fact especially the kids are amazing. Compared to modern day child actors in blockbusters like Harry Potter, these guys are just so talented! It definitely captures the fun loving spirit of childhood and that sense of wonder at mysteries. A lovely film for the family and one to relive the feeling of being that young again!
It's fair to say I've been anticipating this film for the past year or so, ever since I saw the mysterious teaser trailer, which featured a massive train wreck. This, combined with the news that the co- creator of 'Lost', probably my favourite TV show ever, JJ Abrams was directing, it was a need for me to go and see this film! It begins in 1979, with the central character of a group of young teenagers losing his mother. Joe (played by newcomer Joel Courtney), has a terrible relationship with his dad, the deputy sheriff of the small town they live in, Lillian. As a result, he seeks solace with his friends who're making a zombie film with a camera that was the inspiration for the film's title, 'Super 8'. One night, the kids all sneak out of their homes and witness the huge freight train crash which features in the trailer, whilst filming for their own movie. The scene itself is around a minute long, and is as brash, loud and destructive as any crash I've ever seen! One of the carriages of the train contains a mysterious creature, which promptly bursts out. As the onrushing army approach, the kids flee and promise never to speak of this to anyone. And the film properly begins. The influences of producer Spielburg are easy to see. Although this will most likely be from director Abrams' love of his movies as a child, it certainly echoes of 'E.T', but is certainly its own film at the same time. The detail in the film is extensive and certainly representative of its time period, with adverts, clothes and objects from the period all featuring. The special effects also fit the film very well, and are only noticeable when you finally see the monster in the latter stages of the film. I won't ruin what it looks like, but it is more of an advanced '21st century' monster, and as such, doesn't quite fit with the period. A more basic monster would've fit in much better. Also, for the majority of the film, it's more so based on the relationships between Joe and his friends, and how they interact in the surrounding panic created by the Army invading their small town. The performances from the kids, many of whom are newcomers, were pretty good, and although noone stands out in particular, they all worked together, to create a convincing performance. This and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes', a film which I reviewed earlier, both have one thing in common: they make the audience care about the characters they're watching. This is a big acheivement when one considers that summer blockbusters are usually restricted to being one big action scene after another, in order to please a mass audience. The change of pace offered in both is a breath of fresh air and something to appeal to those who are sick and tired of the same old formulas used in the conventionalsummer blockbuster.