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Super 8 Reviews

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April 17, 2016
Super 8 is directed by J.J Abrams and produced by Spielberg, and that is highly noticable. Super 8 is filled with lense-flair's, and ideas all from previous Spielberg movies (he either directed, produced, or exec-produced) like: Some kids find a map (Goonies) - including a fat kid who likes to eat (Goonies) - and they come up against the military which is trying to track down an alien on the loose (E.T.).
The creature has created issues for the townsfolk who express concern at a meeting with the sheriff (Jaws) and they eventually have to evacuate because of a made-up disaster (Close Encounters).
The alien, who is a really a spider (Arachnaphobia) that has been collecting items so that he can get home (E.T.), has the ability to make a psychic connection with humans (Close Encounters). One of the kids has a seemingly useless obsession that winds up helping to save the day in a climactic sequence (fireworks here and inventions in the Goonies) however the creature is much too smart to fall for such a trick (Jaws - "he's either very smart or very stupid"). An old guy, who is an expert on this creature (Jaws) winds up dying while the army shoots through the town and tanks roll (War of the Worlds). Then the characters put the story together in one long expositional scene and we are not really sure how they figured it all out (Minority Report). It seems the monster is really a misunderstood good guy (Goonies) who makes a connection with our hero (ET, Close Encounters) and then flies home (E.T), but not before a lot of missing people are returned (Close Encounters) and lots of appliances fly around (Poltergeist).

However, i didnt mind this but it does make the movie highly conventional. The kid actors were surprisingly good, the pacing is excellent, and the writing, despite unoriginal was quite good.

The thing that bugged me the most though is how ridiculous, random, and bullshit the ending is, i wont go into details, but up untill the point where havoc is about the break lose, the movie is pretty good, but the last 20 minutes or so completely fucks it up.
½ April 16, 2016
Great Summer time movie!
½ April 9, 2016
Aliens is better than this movie
½ March 26, 2016
ET + Predator + gratuitous train crash = Super 8
½ March 22, 2016
A wonderful homage to Spielbergian sci-fi and adventure; Super 8 manages to be an awesome monster flick, a stellar coming of age film, and a cool bit of heartfelt science fiction all at once. The performances by its mostly child-actor cast are all phenomenal.
March 19, 2016
I do enjoy a good monster movie, and this falls into that category.
March 13, 2016
Super 8 is an instant classic that should be watched again and again.
March 13, 2016
a surprisingly thrilling mystery! J.J Abrams is obviously an able director despite the slightly ambiguous plot.
½ March 1, 2016
At the age of 15, budding film prodigy J.J.Abram's early filmmaking exploits caught Steven Spielberg's attention, earning him the job of restoring Spielberg's own 8mm home-movies. Two decades later with a movie mimicked straight from their roots, Super 8 combines producer Spielberg emotional punch and writer/director Abram's special effects savvy into one invigorating and dare I say, original movie.

Set in the summer of 1979, this sci-fi thriller/mystery adventure/coming-of-age story seems as if beamed from the sweeter more innocent time of its topic. With a welcoming nostalgic glow reminiscent of films past (ET, Gremlin's, The Goonies) the classic devices of a small town setting, outside threats, and family trauma meet the central teen issues of misfit bonding, romantic rivalry, unbound friendship and misunderstanding fathers, make this a well crafted movie with heart an unapologetic joy to watch.

Reeling from the shock death of his mother at the Lillian Ohio steel works and the emotional absence of his deputy sheriff Father (Kyle Chandler), 14 year old Joe (Joel Courtney) embraces the safe harbour of his friends through a home made special effects Zombie movie.

The rag-tag team of misfit's is lead by feisty aspiring director Charles (Riley Griffiths) include part-time pyromaniac firebug and zombie Cary (Ryan Lee), the frugal detective Martin (Gabriel Basso, panicked camera operator Preston (Zach Mills) and the last minute re-write addition; and object of Joe's affection, the wife played by pretty tomboy from the wrong side of town Alice (Elle Fanning).

Desperate for "more production value" Charles commandeers his adolescent team to do some midnight shooting at an abandoned railway platform. After being distracted, mesmerizingly transfixed by Alice's first emotive portrayal, the expected freight train begins to hurtle past and the group scrambles to get cameras rolling.

Suddenly however, a pickup truck tears down the track causing the train to derail chaotically hurtling boxcars in every direction, scattering both the crew and white rubix cube like objects. More to the accident than meets the eye, the children regroup and approach the pickup. Recognizing the driver as their science teacher, the children receive a perilous warning to never speak of the incident again or else.
Shaken, they attempt to return to life as normal. However as flurry of abnormal events including dogs disappearing, electrical objects going missing, people vanishing and the US military swarming into town under the guise of clean-up crews, not only do the local police become suspicious but so do the children. Did their broken camera catch something? What was moving in the container? What is Operation 'Walking Distance' and what are the white cubes the military are intent to hide?

An engrossingly textured plot, grounded with well developed characters and engaging relationships felt through innocent eyes, Super 8 snuggly squeezes into its genre. Embracive but not overpowered by CGI, a fusion of old-school style and blockbuster Brava actually co-exist with an emotional core based on the simplest of themes, hormonal teenagers and their need to fit.

For those of us enchanted by adventure movies past, Super 8 captures the same innocent exuberance through cheeky one-liner banter, inventive lingo and retro score with the likes of ELO, Blondie and The Knack without falling into clichÚ-ville.

For the relatively inexperienced group of teen actors, each role has been beautifully portrayed. A definite standout, Fanning is well on the way to making her own name away from big sister Dakota, and newcomer Courtney is set to become the next big thing. In 15 years, people will look back at Super 8 and have the same "once were feelings" as 80's films like stand by me.

The Verdict: A pop-culture trip down nostalgia lane, Super 8 sidesteps the genres current need for sequels, remakes and comic adaptations, to bring a fresh Spielberg-esque flick full of classic wonderment and intrinsic purity to a new generation. Stick around for the credits, the best bit... you'll see.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 17/06/2011
½ February 22, 2016
My favorite movie of J.J. Abrams'. Great film about a boy and his dad learning to let go of what's holding them back.
½ February 20, 2016
My god is this worth a watch. J.J. Abrams killed it in this film. The cinematography was on point and the child actors were fantastic. There were some small issues with set up/plot but overall a fantastic ride and a great film overall. A modern/syfy stand by me/goonies type film and had a total Spielberg feel to it. I had to own it the second I found out about it and if you haven't seen it, check it out.
½ February 15, 2016
ET for a new generation, phenomenal acting
February 11, 2016
It was good until the end. how did these kids even know where to find the aliens layer. Why was this kid so hard up to find the girl wtf?? What garbage and stupid ass movie. Don't bother watching this crap!!
½ February 8, 2016
The movie's does great at building suspense but leaves a slightly underwhelming conclusion with no originality.
½ February 3, 2016
Great visual work, a surprisingly emotional story, and a heartfelt hommage to Spielberg. In my opinion Super 8 may be better than much of the work it is imitating. Another thing that was nice to see was some good child acting.
½ January 28, 2016
Super 8 reminds me of why I love movies.
January 27, 2016
Llena de nostagia, recuerdos y emociones de aquellas matiness de sabado por la ma├▒ana
super 8 es ciencia ficci├│n pura un clasico del verano
January 27, 2016
I've seen worse alien films than this. Cast was ok and the idea as well. I guess it was average in every aspect.
½ January 26, 2016
Bloody great film! Classic Hollywood entertainment in all the best ways :D
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