While making a super 8 movie, a group of friends in Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash in the summer of 1979 and soon witness that it was not an accident. Soon after inexplicable events begin to take place in town with unusual disappearances. The Deputy of the locality uncover the truth- something more terrified tha...more
While making a super 8 movie, a group of friends in Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash in the summer of 1979 and soon witness that it was not an accident. Soon after inexplicable events begin to take place in town with unusual disappearances. The Deputy of the locality uncover the truth- something more terrified than any of them had imagined. less
“Superb direction, effortless acting, intriguing storyline and breathtaking special effects; Super 8 has everything that is required to glue the audiences to their seats. A must watch!”
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'Super 8' is an ode to two genres; one the various "children-in-peril" themed flicks from the 80s and the other being the Sci-Fi flicks from the 70s. Anyone during their younger days, whos ever made an amateur movie with all the intention of trying to replicate a big budget movie will feel a sort of kinship to the kids in this movie. Add to that a theme of "finding home" and you have one hell of a rich cinematic experience that leaves you very satisfied as the credits roll.
Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) is a 14-year old boy living in the small town of Lillian. He's recently lost his mother to an accident and his father, Jackson (Kyle Chandler) is the town sheriff, who doesn't know how to provide emotional closure to his son nor to himself. Joes only solace lies in helping out his friends in shooting an amateur zombie movie while his heart pines for Alice (Elle Fanning). Alice's father Louis (Ron Eldard) is blamed by Jackson for his wife's death leading to much animosity between them and creating tension for Joe & Alice. While shooting in a remote train station, the kids witness a horrific train accident but what escapes from the train wreck, will only provide much trouble for the town in the following days. The army steps in soon, led by the hardened, Colonel Nelec (Noah Emmerich) trying to hunt down their escaped "cargo" which soon turns out to be a creature not of this world. Soon people, dogs, electrical equipment and other things start to disappear around the town sending the people into frenzy. Jackson tries to get to the bottom of things but so do the kids and what they discover might bring them all together as well as put their lives and those of people of the town at great risk not just from the creature but from the army as well.
The movie holds great emotional content with many overlapping themes of friendship, understanding, emotional abuse & love. Every major character has an arch which may or may not be fulfilled but manages to entice you in some manner. Plus the tone effortlessly oscillates between humorous and serious.
The amazing special effects with J.J. Abrams choosing to show the creature only in flashes turns out to be an effective technique in providing scares and curiosity for the audience. The art direction is flawless with the 70s being perfectly recreated. The train wreck early on in the movie is a treat to behold for all the pyrotechnics and destruction thrown up in all its glory.
The performances are good across the board and the kids especially act their own age. The writing allows most of them to speak lines and be in situations which seem realistic and not over-the-top.
'Super 8' is an utterly satisfying experience with the best of all worlds, be it special effects, story or acting; surely a super watch.