Super 8

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It may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare.

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In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso) are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no accident, as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon follows. Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), the father of one of the kids, searches for the terrifying truth behind the crash.

Cast & Crew

Kyle Chandler
Deputy Jackson Lamb
Elle Fanning
Alice Dainard
Ron Eldard
Louis Dainard
J.J. Abrams
Screenwriter
Guy Riedel
Executive Producer
Larry Fong
Cinematographer
Martin Whist
Production Design
Mary Jo Markey
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Critic Reviews for Super 8

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  • Jan 20, 2019
    I kind of liked the making-a-movie-within-the-movie aspect of Super 8 a lot more than the chief plot with the monster and the train and the badman government and the blah blah blah. Which isn't ideal, but saying that obviously means I liked something about it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2017
    A great movie from J.J. Abrams that many people including me think it somehow connects to Cloverfield, The story takes a while to get going but when it does it's full of some great scenes and effects, It does take allot of plot points from other classic sci fi films but it still manages to feel fresh, I don't really like it when the main cast are children as it feels too unrealistic when they escape danger all the time when countless adults die instantly but apart from that it has some great effects and a few little twists that keep it entertaining, It deserves more credit but it will be one of those great films that will be forgotten in time unfortunately.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2017
    if you like dreamcatcher or the faculty then this is for you!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2016
    JJ Abrams crafts the perfect blend of a throwback to a vintage summer blockbuster and a modern day sci-fi thriller.
    Sean T Super Reviewer

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