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In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town set out to make a zombie movie. While shooting their Super 8 film, they witness a catastrophic train crash and, after barely escaping... View more >
intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use
Starring Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Ron Eldard... View more >
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Awesome movie. Make sure you stay into the credits, bonus material is really good.
What a great movie. "Super 8" takes us back to a time where summer movies are made from the heart. Not those who only intent are special effects and 100 million dollar budget. "Suoer 8" is a movie that's got everything. It has special effects, but it also had suspense and a big heart. The film is directed by JJ Abrans andd produced by Steven Spielberg. The film takers place in the 1970's, where a group of kids, while filming a zombie movie, they witness a train treck and within wreck and something escaper from one of the car and in a process, it's destroying a town. The Kids in the movie reminds me of the 1985 movie "The Goonies." One standout is Elle Fanning who I'm becoming a big fan of the actress. I like the movie. I like the direction of the movie I was on the edge of my seat until the end. I can't reveal the end, you just have to see it for yourself. The summer movie season isn't over till late August, but when it's over and one summer movie comes of mind, it would be a film that will stand on it's own and that movie is call "Super 8." You just got to see it to believe it.
My rating here, after having seen the movie last night, varies between a 'Good' and a 'See Now'.
I think the decision to keep most of what this movie was about a secret worked in its favor. I was very interested in how the movie unfolded as it happened, unlike so many other films where you've seen so much of it in the trailers/previews.
While I found the train-wreck sequence completely unbelievable, I enjoyed being transported back to 1979 Ohio for this story about some school-aged kids making a zombie movie when something extraordinary happens.
To say too much about this movie would undermine the secrecy that helped build interest and suspense, so I shall not say more, other than you'll want to stay for the credits.
This movie received a lot of hype before its release, and my expectations for it probably outstripped the end result that was put onto the screen.
That said, however, Super 8 was good to watch. The kids did a good job in their performances (probably better than the adults did) and the tension about the origin and motivations of the monster was palpable. As with most monster movies, the actual monster wasn't as good as the mystery leading up to its reveal, but it wasn't a groaner either.
It's not one to own in my book, but it was definitely worth watching once.