Friday, June 24, 2011
After witnessing a mysterious train crash while making a movie, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings in their small town, and begin to investigate these creepy phenomena in Super 8.
The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams who continues to offer top quality films in the science fiction genre. The movie is designed to be reminiscent of such 1980's summer movies like E.T. and the Goonies which, for the most part, it does very well. Movies like this succeed or fail based off of the young actors put in the lead roles. This is the strongest part of this film, newcomer Joel Courtney does a fine job play the lead character Joe Lamb. Paired at his opposite and also doing a solid job is Elle Fanning as Alice. These characters are very likable and easy to identify with. This makes you not only care for them, but make you interested in their budding young relationship as well.
Super 8 isn't your run of the mill tent pole summer movie either. Although there is a fair amount of high quality special effects, the movie is not built around them. The only real action set piece of the entire film is the gigantic train wreck at the beginning. The remainder of the movie uses the effects mainly to enhance the plot. After years of summer movies that have sacrificed substance for style, it's kind of refreshing to see a movie go the other way.
Super 8 is definitely one of the better films of the year so far. There are times were the film was a little slow paced, but for the most part it was very well put together. If you are a fan of J.J. Abrams movies then you will be a fan of this movie as well.
I give this movie 4 Government Cover Ups out of 5.