Sunday, 15 April 2012

Super 8

Theatrical release poster
A group of young teenagers discovers a train crash while filming a Super 8 movie, though it wasn't an accident. An extra-terrestrial was then released from the train cargo causing strange events and disappearances in a small town in 1979.

J.J. Abrams directs a tribute to alien sci-fi movies, such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, by Steven Spielberg, who is one of the producers of Super 8. The film was rumoured to be a sequel or prequel to modern monster movie Cloverfield and although that was quickly denied by Abrams, Super 8 is similar to Cloverfield as well as Spielberg’s Close Encounter of the Third Kind.

However, going back to the 70’s does work in Super 8 even with all the modern technology surrounding it. It’s a thrilling and well-made movie with spectacular visuals, great sound mixing and musical score. If you like summer blockbusters and brilliant cinematics, then you’ll enjoy this popcorn-filled flick.

Super 8 is built entirely around nostalgia, which can be a problem because then it would be another film we've all seen before, for those who want to relive Spielberg's golden era. It evokes nostalgia too eagerly but if it's not as good as Spielberg, it's not an embarrassment in comparison either but just keep in mind that Super 8 is less family friendly. Young actress Elle Fanning and even newcomer Joel Courtney (protagonist) gives a wonderful performance that displays heroism, chemistry and brings life to their well-developed character.

In conclusion, if Super 8 being too similar to other films isn't a problem then Super 8 is one of the best blockbusters of 2011 with a powerful, if rushed, and emotionally satisfying ending. If you love the films mentioned earlier, give this film a go. Don’t forget to sit through the credits just like some people did with Thor and Captain America, if you really enjoyed it that is.

8/10

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