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Super 8

A 2011 movie directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Its like a "B" movie with "High Production Values"

  • Jun 14, 2011
Rating:
+5

Hey you let me show you something, step into my office. HA!!!! this isn't an office its a time machine, and now that your here lets take a trip, a trip 2 years into the past. Observe Ironman 2 is now out in theaters and in the previews a small teaser trailer grabs your attention, a teaser for a movie called Super 8. 


Are your memories jogged yes i see it now good. When i first saw that trailer I automatically thought it was for some super hero movie. I'd never heard of Super 8 before so I went home and did alittle research. I found out that it was an original script, needless to say weather it was a super hero flick or not i was still very interested.

Super 8 Tells the story of a group of kids who set out to make a zombie movie. one night as they are filming a scene they are witness to a terrible train derailment, ever weirder is the fact that it seems like someone caused it on purpose. A few nights later odd things start to happen in town dogs and electronics go missing and soon people start to also.

Super 8 is a classic Monster movie, yep everything from the fearless child, to the creature not
being never till the end to even the "humans are actually the bad guys" sub plot is in this film. Dont worry im not knocking it I actually found the movie itself very enjoyable. (like Cloverfield without the shaky camera) Despite never hearing of most of these actors ever, i feel they did a great job with thier roles (i never grew up in the 70s) The story was a little predictable but still felt very refreshing like "ive seen this before but this is some how very different"

So if your a fan of monster movies especially those old school monster flicks then definatly cheak out Cloverf......i mean Super 8. I gurantee you will enjoy it.

(P.S dont still too close to the speakers, and stay for the credits dont just leave)
 

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June 14, 2011
the credits for me was one of the film's best scenes LOL!! nice review, I really liked the teen thing here but had mixed feelings about the monsters aspects. Oh, to answer your question, I liked "First Class" but I do have high hopes for Green Lantern... :)
June 15, 2011
How so? About the mosters aspects i mean. Thanks for commenting.
June 15, 2011
I really liked the film's premise about the kids (I know right) but once the monster aspects went in, I thought the film lost a lot of its footing and a lot of scenes required a huge suspension of disbelief. (I mean the army totally unprepared (tracking, keeping him in check, the train being so vulnerable, when they had him captive for almost 20 years bothered me) among other things. Still a fun flick (almost like there are two movies here and one movie is better than the other), but just a little uneven to me.
June 16, 2011
Hmm. I guess your right about that. But in the militarys defence when the train derailed they got there pretty fast. Maybe they were watching it from a distance.
 
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review by . June 11, 2011
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J.J. Abrams has mastery over marketing gimmicks and he knows exactly how to attract viewer attention. If you remember the ploy he pulled off with “Cloverfield” then you would know that he does the same thing with “Super 8”. He keeps the trailers vague as to tease and to arouse viewer interest. Well, Abrams is a great creator of cinematic hype but I have to say, this is not the movie as advertised. As much as I can appreciate the marketing skills of Abrams and his intentions …
review by . June 13, 2011
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J.J. Abrams is a name that always raises eyes in the sci-fi community.  Teaming up with Spielberg, he first grew interest in Super 8 with one of the most remarkable trailers we've seen for a film of it's genre in a while.  Where so many trailers are hell bent on showing you as much of the movie as possible, the trailer for Super 8 only showed one small snippet that didn't actually spoil anything, but rather made people curious as to what exactly it was.  This marketing …
review by . April 01, 2012
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Let's make a hit, says JJ Abrams. So much for making a good movie.
JJ Abrams has made hit movies. Has he ever made a good movie? With Super 8, he wrote, directed and produced two movies, and sacrificed the good to make sure he had a hit.       Super 8 begins just fine, the story of a group of young teens making a movie about zombies. Charles (Riley Griffiths) is determined to enter his movie in a film contest. He’s the director and writer. Joe (Joel Courtney) is his best friend and make-up specialist.  When Charles recruits …
review by . February 18, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
I had read Wookpak's review of this film an am definately in agreement. I have not seen The Goonies and or Cloverfield but I can say that there are a lot of similarities with this film to ET. A bunch of High School kids are filming a zombie movie in 1979. The mother of one of the boys (Joe Lamb) died in a factory accident. The boy's father (Jackson Lamb) is the sherriff and at his mother's wake we see the sherriff arresting a blond haired man (Louis Dainard) that came to visit. It turns out that …
review by . July 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
**** out of ****     For each talented director, there is one film, or perhaps many films, that the man or woman was destined to direct. For J.J. Abrams, director of the recent reboot of the "Star Trek" franchise, his film is "Super 8". I knew the man was talented as both a writer and a director; a sci-fi geek who is always ready to explode with knowledge and insight. He has a fondness of the works of Steven Spielberg. And now, he's made a film not only about his fondness, but …
review by . June 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Super 8 aspires to be a lot. After the first few scenes of the film you can see the attempts at the charm of Spielberg’s charm from the 80s and 90s trying it’s hardest to fuse with Abram’s sensibilities about portraying suspense on the screen and his way of establishing mystery. Super 8 isn’t a bad film, in fact I actually really liked it. However I don’t think it’s as good as it thinks it is, or even as good as collaboration between two of the strongest filmmakers …
review by . June 29, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   Super 8 clearly distinguishes itself from the other summer movies in the last years by simply approaching the old-school style of filmmaking when the story, the atmosphere, the narration, the feeling counted more than the tons of exploding cars and buildings we get to see today. Super 8 is a nostalgic reminiscence of the old-school cinema, a piece of little emotional film that addresses audiences of all ages.      The story develops around this group of kids from …
review by . January 10, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Set during the summer of 1979 in a small town in Ohio, SUPER 8 revolves around Joe Lam (Joel Lamb) and his friends as they attempt to finish a Super 8 zombie movie for an upcoming Super 8 Film Festival. While filming one night at the local train station, the boys and the star actress of their production are witness to and somewhat involved with a horrible train accident that unleashes a mysterious creature. Soon after, all the dogs in the town run away, people start disappearing, and all kinds of …
review by . June 18, 2011
4 Stars: Something this way comes
There are some things in this world that  humanity was never meant to  understand, never meant to  find out the truth, never meant to  grasp the reality of something more than the world  that we have built for ourselves and the prefabricated lies that we have been feed to make us believe the singular truth. The one all consuming truth that  in this world, in this universe we are the only life that exist, we are the only thing that lives and that Earth, our home  …
review by . June 14, 2011
It won't be for everyone, it won't be for those looking for sci-fi action flick. It is a fair expectation from the few details we gathered from the trailer. In that regard it has every opportunity to let you down, but if you are looking for strong story telling with a loving nod to film makers delivered in the hands of children than you are in for a treat. It has been a while since a movie has come out without any marks of irony, sarcasm, and pop culture references leaving only a well done …
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Abrams has refused to reveal the plot of the film as he wants to keep it a mystery and let the images speak for themselves.[citation needed] What has been confirmed is that it will take place in 1979 and it will be a homage/tribute to Spielberg's '70s and '80s science fiction films with a mystery and supernatural feel from Abrams.

Abrams revealed the plot will follow a group of children in the 1970s as they film a movie with a Super 8 camera but while they are filming, they spot an alien escape from an Area 51 cargo train and it runs loose in their small town.

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Few filmmakers have ever had a run at the tables like Steven Spielberg, whose output from 1971'sSugarland Expressto, say, 1982'sE.T.displayed an amazingly unforced melding of huge set pieces and small human gestures. Even at their most chaotic, they somehow felt organic.Super 8, writer-director J.J. Abrams's authorized tribute to classic Spielbergisms, hits all of the marks (Lived-in suburbia backdrop, check. Awestruck gazes upwards, check. Parental discord, check. Lens flares, amazingly huge check), but its adherence to the formula squelches much of its own potential. Appealing as it is to see a summer movie that retro-prioritizes character development over jittery quick-cut explosions, the viewer is always aware at how furiously it's working to seem effortless. Set in 1979, Abrams's script follows a group of movie-crazy kids ...
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Director: J.J. Abrams
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date: 10 June 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: J.J. Abrams
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures
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