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Director(s): J.J. Abrams
IMDB Rating: 7.3
In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.
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Vanilla Milkshake (14 May 2013)
Super 8 was an excellent movie. It's not your typical alien movie wheresome monster runs around blowing crap up, this one actually has astory. I think that J. J. Abrams is getting better and better. His StarTrek reboot was an instant classic and he did a FANTASTIC job with thisfilm. Steven Spielberg was outstanding as usual. This movie doesn'thave star power, but part of what made this film work was the chemistrybetween the cast members (particulary between Joel Courtney and ElleFanning). The cast members in this film are incredibly talented. So ifyou add J. J. Abrams plus Steven Spielberg, plus a good plot, script,special effects and cast, what do you get?.......A Truly OUTSTANDINGFILM. Did I mention that this film is mysterious, action packed,dramatic, sometimes scary, and funny? All of these components add up tomake this worthwhile and very entertaining. This movie is this year'sInception, and that means its AMAZING.
collipal-1 (13 May 2013)
It has been pretty much commented that Super 8 is a tribute to theclassic films directed or produced by Steven Spielberg, in which theordinary life in the suburbs was contrasted with an extraordinaryphenomenon which had to be usually faced by the kids or teenagers,while the adults ignored the situations until it was too late. In thataspect, director and screenwriter J.J. Abrams achieved exactly what heproposed to himself, even though he had to sacrifice any trace oforiginality or surprise in the film. However, Super 8 kept me veryentertained because of its solid direction, excellent performances andwell written screenplay. In summary, this film is an exciting juvenileadventure seasoned with wide doses of "Spielbergian" nostalgia.If we analyze Super 8 scene by scene, we can find an alarming number ofparallels to films like The Goonies, Poltergeist, Close Encounters ofthe Third Kind, Explorers, and specially, E.T. The subject from Super 8is superficially different, but the characters, atmosphere and toneperfectly emulate the "Spielberg style" from the '70s and the '80s,when his films (either as a director or producer) literally changed theface of popular cinema. Even the young actors from Super 8 possess thatchemistry with each other which makes us to accept their longfriendship and related personalities...even though that, as in anygroup of friends, they occasionally have juvenile disputes with eachother.And besides of the perfect chemistry they have with each other, theyoung actors also make a brilliant individual work, highlighting JoelCourtney, Ryan Lee and specially Elle Fanning. After the works shebrought in Somewhere and Super 8, Fanning reveals herself as a greatactress who is even superior to her famous sister Dakota. The moment inwhich her performance in Super 8 most impressed me was during a sceneof "performance into performance" which is so good that it equals theone interpreted by Naomi Watts in Mulholland Dr. (I am notexaggerating). As for the adult cast, the only one who stands out isKyle Chandler, who makes a solid work as a simultaneously benevolentand strict father.On the negative side, the screenplay from Super 8 falters a little bitin some important points. Abrams dominates the drama and the growingsuspense very well, but he occasionally violates the internal logicfrom the story or to force too convenient situations. Nevertheless,Super 8 is a very good film which definitely deserves a recommendationbecause of the genuine talent it has in front of and behind the camera.
(05 May 2013)
First off, I have to point out that a lot of other reviews are saying this is a Spielberg film. It's not. It's a J.J. Abrams film. He wrote, directed, and helped produce the movie. Steven Spielberg is credited as a producer, and that is all. So judge the film as you will, but don't label it as a Spielberg picture, because although it pays homage to the man, it's not HIS.All of this being said, I found Super 8 to be a fantastic film. I enjoyed all of the references, both in style and shooting, to past Spielberg films. There really hasn't been a film like this since some of Spielberg's greatest (E.T., Close Encounters, etc.). If you have the ability to listen to dialogue, enjoy a story, and don't have the need for "in your face" CGI action every 3 seconds, then you might enjoy this. It's a much more old-school style of filmmaking and storytelling. The kids, especially Elle Fanning, are amazing. The adult characters leave a bit to be desired. All in all, though, it's an enjoyable movie from beginning to end.If Amazon would allow half-star ratings, I would have given this 4 1/2. I feel it's one of the best movies of this year, though, so leaned towards the 5. Enjoy.
(04 May 2013)
Super 8 offered true enjoyment in forms I did not expect. Action, excitement, and otherworldly adventure are stock-in-trade for Spielberg and Abrams, and that expectation is what first drew me to the film. But those elements of the movie quickly became less and less interesting, even a bit burdensome, while other aspects emerged as genuinely engaging, delightful, and moving. Super 8 is a genuinely good and worthwhile film not for the elements one expects from Spielberg and Abrams but from those one does not. I'll be specific. The underlying premise of the film (which I will not reveal) which drives the basic plot and offers a whopping dose of the extraterrestrial unknown, but proves utterly predictable and if visually exciting, conceptually leaden, heavy handed, and, really, just inevitable. The same is true for the movie's themes, which come close to being gaggingly sentimental and simplistic as is often the case with a Spielberg project focusing on young people. But the plot, action, even the special effects really serve as a vehicle for the development of characters: their emotions/perceptions and relationships. In other words, it wasn't what literally happened in the film that grabbed me -- it was the way different characters (as individuals and in relation to each other) experienced those events that made the movie great. Abrams handles his young actors far, far better than Spielberg ever has done and allows them to rise above "the idea of youth" that is so deadly and false in Spielberg to become convincing, likeable, fascinating, and endearing people with believable identities. Brilliantly, Abrams has all the main characters experience the main events in individual ways; the main characters grow and change in real time, before our eyes, through the experiences they are having. And as the characters change, real relationships -- which are numerous -- grow and change, too. The performances are wonderfully varied, and all the main performers are terrific. Elle Fanning may be the standout here, leaving far behind the "look at me; I'm a young actor" effect that tends to mar her sister's work. All of the young actors skilfully create distinct characters but the viewer never ends up thinking "this kid can act" because we believe in their creations. And it is how these young characters experience the events in the movie, not those events, that really grabbed me. There is fear and uncertainty, pain and loss, but it is ultimately the sweetness of finding others that makes this less a thrilling film than a genuinely beautiful one.
Nathaniel Smith (28 April 2013)
I have mixed emotions about this film, it was very J.J. Abramsy, veryLosty. Like Lost, it had a really intriguing mystery, but kills it witha really bland/generic conclusion - a monster whose product of havocand destruction is all you see until the very end, only turns out to beexactly what you expect. Just like the end of Lost.Acting and characters are awesome. The group of young teenagers is theclassic group of '80s kids as portrayed in '90s teen movies; the fatone, the dorky one, the tall insecure one with glasses, the crazy onewith bucked teeth, and the normal intelligent protagonist. It'sinteresting that this consistent theme from teen movies is used in apredominately adult movie. It's really cool to see the development oftheir friendships and the strain on their relationships the wholesituation causes. In this movie, events are so unbelievably over the top. The train crash(a train crashes) is super intense. at first it is awesome. it's doneso well, you feel like you are there. Literally. You are part of thegroup of kids standing at the abandoned station. You feel fear and thereality of the situation. (This may spoil it for you) At first, thetrain hit's a car a bit of a way from where the kids are standing, nextthing you know carriages are derailing, then things start exploding,things start flying everywhere - all around the kids. This goes on for1 minute and 30 seconds from impact to last flying exploding carriage.On the one hand it destroyed the reality of it all and just blew it outof proportion (all of the kids were absolutely fine, obviously), but onthe other, it made it comical, I was laughing pretty hard. It seems,rather than to remove it from reality and what is possible, to move itbeyond reality. Like a dream. It depicts wild imagination like TheBridge to Terabithia, but in a subtle way. It feels like a really vividdream, with lots of emotions and stuff; you think it's real but thenthis super crazy thing happens and your like woah dude. This one scenebasically represents the whole movie in that sense. Tere are a lot of clichÃ©s, like in Lost, but J.J Abrams makes it cool.He perfects the clichÃ©s. He makes you appreciate clichÃ©s. It doesn'treally matter whether or not something is possible because who cares?J.J. Abrams certainly doesn't. It's weird. I was actually going to give it a kind of bad/mixed review,but I had an awakening mid third paragraph. Definitely go see this.Preferably in a cinema. Just for the train crash. 8? 9?/10
Randy (28 April 2013)
This is simply a remake of the movie ET, with a new director and a modern take on the story.It seems that Steven Spielberg has run out of ideas.
Abraham Torry (27 April 2013)
The film is about a town mystery looked through the eyes of children.From the early part of the movie, you feel like something powerful anddangerous is lurking around and is going to jump out on you at anymoment. Ever-multiplying questions tease your brain and a suspense isbuilding up at the back of your mind right up to the end of the story. The acting was very convincing and drawing although the movie suffersfrom its mediocre ending. A few times I felt that the logic and theflow of the plot were a bit unrealistic and artificial. I wish that thestory was focused more on the mystery and the children's reactionswithout all the insignificant distractions and one-dimensional minorcharacters. After being disappointed by a series of recent movies, this one wasrefreshing and heart-fluttering. It flings us back to theadventure-seeking and truth-chasing time of our childhood. If you areinto tantalizing sci-fi thrillers like this movie, I recommend'Somewhere carnal over 40 winks' as your summer read.
seechester (26 April 2013)
The theme of "aliens" have been tainted much in modern cinema such asin the abysmal Skyline and the mediocre Battle:LA. Even StevenSpielberg had spoilt his latest Indiana Jones installment with aliens.This theme has reached its overdose and keeps on firing at all of thewrong directions.Thankfully, director J.J. Abrams saved the theme gloriously with thisfilm. With an interesting plot, a fresh band of young (very potential)actors and great special effects, J.J. Abrams have unleashed one of thegreatest aliens films easily in this decade.The story is told very similar to 1980s Steven Spielberg alien films(ET & Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) where suspense play a largerole to keep the viewers hooked.Therefore, I strongly recommend to give this movie a go and exit thecinema with a brand new feeling that has been missing in the filmslately. Also, like Inception, the lesser you know before you watch themovie...the better.
(26 April 2013)
This review is from: Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray) So sorry I missed this in the theater, but at least I have a 42" TV to enjoy it now. This is a superb movie with some good young actors & a satisfying story. It's a monster movie, a family movie, a movie about friends, and a movie about growing up and moving beyond.This could easily join my overly-crowded pantheon of top ten movies.
Dmitriy Badalian (25 April 2013)
As a huge fan of Cloverfield movie i expected that Super 8 will deliverat least as same full of dramatic twists movie as Cloverfield did. It'snot. Actually that delivers - but in a downsized mode. Scenario issimilar - group of guys (kids here), some insect-alike alien, bunch ofexplosions and nano- dramatic moments so overall execution of the movielooks like this: take Cloverfield, remove all gore and blood scenes,reduce scales of everything and add a pack of kid talks, kid smiles,kid's eyes, flat family-related dramatic moments - voilÃ - result isboring, predictable and very artificial. Really disappointed by thispredictable movie.
johnstonjames (25 April 2013)
to quote the often scathing wisdom of gay males, "oh pleeeeeeasehoney". God. i can't believe anyone over the age of ten even liked thisbaby brain rot.i actually thought this movie would have some adult appeal, but- OH!how naive! instead the target audience was kids. it was just a attemptby Speilburger to recapture his 1980's kiddie audience by rehashingformulas from his dumbed down family and kiddie flicks like 'E.T.' and'Goonies'. and oh God was this stuff so used up and totally familiar.it was all here. idealized concepts of youth and suburban childhoodinnocence, a whole bunch of "Goonie" like, precocious, in your face,loud mouthed kids all talking excitedly and at once like on a unrulyschool bus, and of course a poor, supposedly hapless alien who wants to"go home". talk about obvious and familiar. this whole kid flick hadthe feel of somebody shoving old,stale hostess cupcakes down kid'sthroats.and even though you were supposed to sympathize with the alien, he wasjust plain creepy and scary. i mean if it was supposed to be soadvanced and civilized enough to build a spacecraft on it's own, whydid it eat feed on people and bite them in half and stuff? a trulyadvanced and civilized species would probably have a higher definitionof "intelligent life" than this. i didn't feel sorry for the alienmonster one bit. i thought he was a menace to the known universe andshould have been destroyed to assure safety for the common good.the train wreck at the beginning was okay and lead the viewer tobelieve the film would unravel some clever, unexpected mystery. well,it was unexpected. because the beginning was okay i wasn't expectingsuch a hokey premise and a bunch of re-used formulas from the 1980's. ifelt actually cheated when i discovered how predictable the ideas thatcame next were. seen that, done that. seen it done much better too.the reason why they called this movie 'Super 8' was because it was aover blown entertainment for eight year olds. i can't imagine anyoneover the age of eight being patient with any of this.the plot to this stinker wouldn't even justify a half hour SyFytelevision show. if they knew what they were doing, they would havesnuffed the monster right away before he ate anybody and solved a lotof needless carnage and destruction. then this nonsense would haveended promptly and spared audiences their precious brain cells. thisrot has got to be worse for your brain than smoking drugs or drinkingalcohol.
(24 April 2013)
Watching Super 8 was like watching a classic Spielberg film with betterCGI. It felt like The Goonies mixed and Close Encounters. The timesetting really added to the story. It was set in 1979. A group of youngkids trying to make a movie for a local film festival witness a trainwreck and discover a mystery that is taking over the whole town. Wealso get some back stories for the kids, their parents and the alien(yes, there's an alien), but that's the basic premise of it.Â A few young actors are going to get very famous from this movie. ElleFanning (Alice) gives her best performance yet. The characters werereally fun to see. The variety reminded me of that of The Goonies. Noneof the characters seemed clichÃ© either. Each one took on their own,unique person and did a great job.Â The movie had a great compelling story for about the first 45 minutes.The train wreck scene was among the best I've seen. After that, themovie seemed to drag a little. There was a lot that could have beenleft out. The only thing that I really had to look forward to wasseeing the alien at the end.Â The fact that you don't see the alien until the end was a smart move onAbrams' part. When you do see it, it becomes a really emotionalcharacter that has the same needs as a human. You actually get anemotional connection to this creature and that is something that thismove needed. The downside to this is that it makes the movie lessscary. I went into it expecting a good scare and for the most part, itjust gave loud startlers.Â Super 8 had a few funny and emotional moments. J.J. Abrams said fromthe start that this wasn't supposed to be a huge Summer blockbuster,just a fun, original movie. That's exactly what he gave us. It was alot of fun to watch, even in its slow parts. Besides from a few momentsof bad 3D cinematography, it wasn't difficult to watch. I would saySuper 8 is worth the money and a great original movie.Â
Peter Hollo (23 April 2013)
I remember being only one of the handful of people in Budapest whowanted to see this film in original version (i.e. English audio, nosubtitles) on one hot Friday evening in the summer of 2011. It is ashame everything gets dubbed in cinemas in Hungary these days.Nevertheless, it is lucky for us that there is always a place somewherein the capital where the theatre shows American films in the form theywere intended to be presented to the audience.The movie takes place in 1979, if I am not mistaken. As one couldexpect from Mr Spielberg the era is presented meticulously. Movieposters here and there, kid listening to his Walkman, old cars drivenon the streets and of course the children trying to shoot their dreammovie with the use of a Super 8 camera.I do not remember when was the last time I saw children actingsuperbly. Although the main character's father, the deputy in the town,has a vital role, as well, he is not in the focus and we are moreinterested in seeing the kids' struggle to finish the film even afterthe derailment of a train and the subsequent appearance of the US AirForce.I am not lying to you: I was afraid Spielberg would not be enough tomake it a successful movie and J.J Abrams would only mess up the story.If you think about it: Cloverfeld meets the Extra Terrestrial? Come on!Yet, it works! It is a wonderful piece of work which, yes, most of thetime reminds us of the small alien who wanted to go home but it's beenalmost 30 years since then so should it really be a concern thatsomeone tries to borrow elements from a successful movie?I was stuck to my seat the whole time and was eagerly waiting for theend of a wonderful journey. If you did not like the trailer there is nopoint in ruining your evening. However, if you did like it and E.T. wassomething that makes you remember your childhood vividly, give it atry, you will not regret it!I give it a solid 8 out of 10. Well done, guys! Hope to see the resultof your further cooperation sometime in the future.
(22 April 2013)
Not sure what movie many people were watching based on the reviews praising the film but I found the story line just to be ok and the ending to be really dumb. It felt like the film was trying to hit me over the head with some subtle political message (like Avatar).
brandonsullivan91 (22 April 2013)
As many others have said Super 8 is a mix of old movie themes fromSpielburger classics. Its not bad, not good, just mind numbing"okay-ness". The story is plodding and slow throughout, but tolerablebecause of the sweet little kid romance thang going on.The mis-understood alien surprised me but it still didn't entertain meeither. Thus, our enemy is not our enemy and we simply fight againstthe evil inside us. Hard for me to get fired up about Zen aliens...To top it off my wife and I got in a fight half way through the movieabout my mother. If you're married you will understand.Skip Super 8 and watch a classic alien movie instead.
(21 April 2013)
I think of myself as extremely lucky to of been a little kid when I was in the 80s. It was the perfect time. I was experiencing first hand the filmmakers (and films) that formed my childhood (Spielberg, Lucas, Zemeckis, Dante, etc.) at the height of their powers. E.T., The Goonies, Back To The Future, Gremlins, Stand By Me, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, The Monster Squad, et al. Movies were magical. Going to them was an event. Standing in line was exciting. They stayed with you, and are still with you today. Sadly, that's been gone for a long time. Sure, there may be a summer blockbuster that's fun, but it doesn't have 'it'. Most are just empty, soulless CGI-fests that won't still be lauded 25 years from now. J.J. Abrams decided to do something about it. Let's get to it.Set in 1979, we meet Joe, a young boy who just suffered a horrible loss. He lives with his sheriff father (Kyle Chandler) and has a few friends. One night, he and his friends decide to go out and make their own zombie movie. While shooting down by the train tracks, they witness a horrible accident as a truck collides with an oncoming train in a truly spectacular crash. Little do our little friends know that they captured what was in the train's cargo, and mysterious and strange things begin to happen in town. I'll just stop there and let you experience the rest."Super 8" is nostalgic and fun just not for the times, but for the type of filmmaking on display here. Spielbergian shots and lens flares, story over spectacle (although there is that), and real humanistic kids you instantly like, care for, and you want to see what happens to them. Back when kids were kids and they talked and acted like kids, just like those great films of the 80s. It was so refrshing to see this instead of the typical modern kids in movies who like so polished and like they just stepped off of the newest low rated CW show. These kids are from 1979, but I find them more relatable and interesting than anything I have seen in the last decade or more. Obviously, there is an homage to producer Spielberg here, and even though there is that, the film is still it's own movie. The fact that it appears to be a love letter to E.T.'s dad is not a deterrent. It's a great, new, original movie from J.J. wrapped in touches to Spielberg and other films from that era. And what touches. I can't say that I am familiar with Abrams' work. I have never seen anything he has ever done before. I will now! He is a director to be reckoned with here. The love and detail he puts into his scenes, characters, and era the film is set in, is so lovingly detailed. It's quite an accomplishment."Super 8" harks back to a time when these films meant something to the audience. Meant something to the kids. Nowadays, it's all about cartoonish CGI, 3D, and what young adult novels a studio can get their hands on and everything else comes after. Abrams and company were brave to make an original and secretive film and release it in summer. Brave to actually make it with heart, passion, emotion, and characters that actually came first. The ending and eventual outcome may not of been as great as it could of been, but that's okay. With a movie this lovingly skilled and well done in every other place, and the fact they we just got such a film like this in the first place, made up for it for me. It's not going to take away anything from the movie. The acting is top notch. These kids are great. These are the best set of kids I have seen in a movie in a long time. The actors, most of whom have never been in a movie, just shine. Kyle Chandler also does very well in his role. Ron Eldard is also on hand. More brave points to Abrams for casting the movie with no real marquee name star."Super 8" is an exceptional movie that really delivers what I was hoping it would. It's funny, sweet, adventurous, exciting, scary, and interesting. Is it too self indulgent in it's homages of films past? Of course not. A good movie is a good movie however it's told and made. It's a movie that we should embrace and hold dear because it's unlikely we are going to get another movie like this for a long time....if ever. Abrams and his cast and crew should be proud of the film they made. As a child of the 80s, this movie made me feel like a kid again. The first summer blockbuster movie I have seen in eons where I kept thinking about days afterwards. I really don't know what else to say except that "Super 8" is a gift.
Justin Time (20 April 2013)
I went out to see "Super 8" in the local cinema today, a Sunday, withthe boys. All hung over from last night and really not feeling likeleaving the house at all we decided to go anyway because the trailer,the fact that it was a Steven Spielberg produced film and the currentIMDb rating (a 7,6) created some good expectations.However, this movie shows that having a fairly big budget and a famousmainstream block buster producer not necessarily is a guarantee for anepic production. The annoyingly poor use of after effects, theconstantly over analyzing teen cast, the dull dialogs, and the boring,mood swing having, evil creature really made me want to go to my bed tohave a nice lucid dream instead.The story line did not at all satisfy me enough to be excited aboutwhat would happen at the end of this movie, basically i was juststruggling to stay awake.
(19 April 2013)
This review is from: Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray) Missed this at the movies wanted to see it but it was a bit pricy at the retail stores, found it on Amazon for 1/2 the price. Great movie good quality and got it quickly!
(16 April 2013)
This review is from: Super 8 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) (Blu-ray) When I told my mom about Super 8, I mentioned it was probably one of my favorite movies of the past several years. Then, I had her watch it. Her reaction was particularly funny, because she was thinking period drama, and Super 8 may be a period piece (1979) and it may be a drama (if a Science Fiction one), but it was certainly not what she meant... Super 8 was a huge dose of nostalgia for the great movies I grew up with. Child actors who engage on a journey of excitement and growth - much like Goonies or ET. In 1979 in a small town, there's a horrifying train crash. The train appears to have had something large and scary aboard! Our heroes are a young filmmaker and his friends who are working on a zombie movie. Like all sci-fi films, a suspension of one's disbelief is necessary - the train crash scene, while exciting and done really well, was so unrealistic in cause and effect, that one has to view it through a child's eyes.Super 8 has some action, several scares, impressive special effects, a little bit of pre-teen romance, and some fabulous one-liners. Written and directed by J J Abrams and Produced by Stephen Spielberg, I was expecting greatness, and I was not disappointed.Oh, and if you're wondering, my mom thought the movie was really good, too.
NO MA'AM (15 April 2013)
The Goonies meets Cloverfield with a little ET sprinkled in. The movie was a little lacking for an Abrams flick, as was the usual Michael Giacchino score which was a little toned down from what we are used from Lost and Star Trek. Overall not bad, but maybe a Net Flix rental vs full price theater.
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