Super 8 Reviewed

It looks set to be a treat of movies again this week, this time with a more mystery thriller film, Super 8. Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Ron Eldard, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso and Elle Fanning star in this film writen and directed by mystery master J.J. Abrams. Steven Speilberg takes on the role of producer for this movie. 

The Plot

In 1979 the United States Air Force shuts down a portion of Area 51 and ships the material stored at the decommissioned site by rail to an undisclosed but secure location in Ohio. In the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio, a group of teenagers are making a movie with a Super 8 mm film camera when they witness a train crash.

They suspect it was not an accident. There are disappearances and unexplained events around town, and the local deputy investigates the cause of the events leading to the discovery of something nobody expects.

As the truth finally begins emerge, no one is prepared to learn what now stalks the unsuspecting citizens of this once quiet community.

The Verdict

Super 8 evolves throughout the course of the film in most ways creating it's own reality as it does seem more point to point that this really is an alternate 1979. Compared to War of the Worlds I think this film is Steven Spielbergs return to the sci fi fantasy world. At times I felt that the cast lit up the same way the cast of E.T. did all those years ago in 1982.

The showed good chemistry and appeared very spontaneous throughout the film. I particularly liked the performance of Riley Griffiths who plays the young aspiring director, always trying to get his movie done and very passionately too. There's an issue between him and Joel Courtney that's bugging him at the same time so he's managing a lot of emotions throughout the film.

There are 2 worlds in this movie, one is the teen romance story which is in the middle of a boy's passion for film and the other is where an investigation is occuring due to a series of violent murders and disappearences. The joy really is to watch these cheeky, loveable kids pull together and navigate their way through this extraordinary adventure.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

It really does remind me of E.T., perhaps you can call it the modern version. It's an adventure story that revolves around a group of ordinary kids doing something extraordinary, often despite the adults in their world.

Indeed a good film and you'll enjoy the scene during the end credits of the movie so don't leave when the show is done.

A good film and a nice homage to the science fiction of the 80s.

Super 8 opens in cinemas 9 June

Photos courtesy of United international Pictures

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