Thursday, June 16, 2011

Film Review - Super 8 (2011)

Super 8 is a collaboration between director JJ Abrams best known for 2009's Star Trek reboot and Steven Spielberg, the story is that Joe Lamb a young kid played by Joel Courtney as lost his mother in an accident, as a result his father the Deptuy Sherriff is concerned for his well being but Joe is determined to help his friend finish his Super 8mm movie, but one night the crew experience a train crash, one that will change their lives.

Super 8 was a wonderful achievement by Abrams, who has improved immensely on his Star Trek outing in that we actually care about the main characters and the action scenes are actually well shot and edited, one couldn't help but wonder if Abrams did so after the action scenes in Avatar but he doesn't have James Cameron's skill in that department.

However that doesn't stop the film from reminding you of the Spielberg movies of the 70's and 80's like The Goonies, ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind mixed in with Cloverfield for good measure, all of the main kids are exceptionally good and earn our trust, one of them even sparking a few tears in one scene, as for the cause of all this well I won't give that away despite others doing so, it's bad enough we went through all this with Scream 4 earlier this year and it's disappointing to see another prominent critic break a cardinal rule of reviewing.

As for yourselves well you should go see this movie pronto, it's one of the year's best, 4 out of 5.

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