Sci-Fi and Thriller. Rated PG-13. 112 minutes.
by Francois Duhamel/Paramount Pictures
Fanning in Paramount Pictures' Super 8 - 2011
J.J. Abrams tries to
channel his inner Steven Spielberg when an alien breaks free in
late 1970’s rural Ohio with “Super 8.”
Abrams opens the film with the funeral for 13-year-old Joe’s
(Joel Courtney) mother. This sets up the relationship that Joe
will now have with his father (Kyle Chandler) for the rest of
the movie. But Joe is more concerned with helping his friends
finish their zombie movie. While shooting a scene of their movie,
they witness a horrific train crash, which evoked memories of
the pilot episode of “LOST,” which was also directed
by Abrams and featured an intense plane wreck sequence. After
the train crash, people start disappearing and chaos starts to
ensue around Joe’s hometown.
This is a tough film to pull off, because it depends on young
actors who should be worried about finishing their middle school
homework. But Abrams picked a great bunch of kids, who work very
well together. Joe has a cute relationship manifest with Alice
(Elle Fanning), and it really shows the talent that these young
Abrams also knows how to pace a movie. With each scene, we learn
a little bit more about the characters and a little bit more about
what is causing so many strange problems in the town. The movie
continues to build and build until we eventually learn everything
about the alien and what made these kids and their parents the
way they are.
My only issue with “Super 8” is that it does become
a little clichéd near the ending. But this is mostly nit-picking.
It is a fun time in the theater that everyone will enjoy.
credit: Paramount Pictures
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