Super 8 Movie Review

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Super 8 Movie Review

 

The first word that comes to mind when I think of Super 8 is nostalgia.  This is a film that takes place in 1979 when kids and adults alike were recovering from the science fiction revolution that swept the world with movies like Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  This film follows a group of young teens who have been caught up in the firestorm of imagination and kid’s film making during the 1970s, using a Super 8 camera.   Just the premise alone invoked memories of my own childhood, where the teenaged son of the previous owner of the house we moved into in 1981 had a movie script he was shooting based on Star Wars.  It also brought back thoughts of times with friends, playing army in the streets, riding bikes, playing with toys and summer crushes on the girls in the neighborhood.

 The kids are creating a movie about a detective and his investigation into the creation of zombies.  While the kids are filming their movie at a train station at 12 am, a train comes through and is derailed by a man who drives his pick purposely into the train.  After the wreck, people and appliances begin to disappear, dogs flee the town and there are various power outages throughout the community.  The kids use these opportunities to create realistic production footage for their movie.  When they review their footage of the train wreck, they see something strange, and the movie takes off from there.  J.J. Abrams the director of the movie took great pains to keep the film a secret over the past year, so I will do the same.  This movie will have you reminiscing over films that stoked your imagination during the late 70s and early 80s, like Poltergeist, Goonies, ET, Stand by Me and other the films mentioned above.  This film should set the bar for a new generation of young teen adventure films, and have pre-teens, teens and adults alike clamoring to see this new film.

 Grade: A

 Roshawn: A

 Jay: (My buddy who was at the same showing.) A

 Josh (Jay’s son) A

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2 comments

  1. Like you, I loved this movie totally due to Nostalgia… The “Halloween” poster, the Walkman, rotary phones, clothing, music, culture and so much more. You know what else made this movie work for me? This was a summer movie with an actual STORY more than EYE-CANDY ACTION. However, the train crash was stunning…

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