Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Super 8 Review.

If you have seen the movie please give it any score from 1 to 10.

Directed by: J. J. Abram
Genre: Sci-Fi,
Release Date: June 10, 2011 (2011-06-10)
Running Time: 112 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13

The Good: Despite the young and inexperienced actors their performances were very good,
(after watching the bonus features we found out that actors had no prior experience in professional movies)
,The mystery to what was happening was good, You really can connect with the characters,

The Bad: While not excessive there was some boring young teen romance, Unnecessary amount of profanity for a movie staring kids and most of it comes from a kid who is around 13 years old!,

Plot: The following plot summery is copied from
In the summer of 1979, Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), a 14-year-old boy living in the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio, has lost his mother in a factory accident. Louis Dainard (Ron Eldard) comes to the wake, but Joe's father, Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), takes Dainard in handcuffs. It is later revealed that Jackson blames Dainard for the former's wife's death because he was absent during his shift and she had to fill in for him.
Four months later, Joe's friend Charles Kaznyk (Riley Griffiths) convinces Dainard's daughter Alice (Elle Fanning) to be the protagonist's wife in his low-budget zombie movie on Super 8 film. Both Joe and Charles secretly have crushes on Alice. Alice appropriates her father's car and takes Joe, Charles, Preston (Zach Mills), Martin (Gabriel Basso), and Cary (Ryan Lee) to an old train depot where the group plans to film a scene.
During the shoot, Joe watches a pick-up truck drive onto the tracks and place itself in the path of an oncoming train, causing a massive derailment. Something breaks open one of the train car's doors and escapes. In the aftermath of the accident, the kids find the wreck littered with strange white cubes. They approach the truck and discover Dr. Woodward (Glynn Turman), their biology teacher, behind the wheel of the truck, who purposefully sabotaged the train. He instructs them to never talk about what they saw; otherwise, they and their parents will be killed. Moments afterwards, the U.S. Air Force, led by Colonel Nelec (Noah Emmerich), arrives to secure the crash site while the kids flee the scene. Watch the movie to see what happens next.

Plot: 7.7/10- The plot was mostly original but it is definitely influenced by many of Steven Spielberg films like E.T., JAWS, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which is no surprise since Steven Spielberg was J. J. Abrams idol a kid.

Action: 5.1/10- Super 8 is not an action movie. While there is very little to none real fight scenes but the train wreak scene in the beginning was spectacular and there were some explosion.

Acting: 7.9/10- The acting was very good despite the young and inexperienced actors. Riley Griffiths' performance was the stand out best.

Special effects: 8.5/10- The effects for the train wreak scene in the near the beginning were really good but there were a few other scenes that didn't look as go as the rest. If I told you about them it would be a spoiler.

Soundtrack: 6.4/10- The soundtrack wasn't memorable but it set the tone of the movie well.

Comedy: 7.1/10- There was some well timed humor.

Overall: 7.7/10- Overall Super 8 was a good movie that was a lot better than we though it would be.

Closing comments: If you like Steven Spielberg's early sci-fi films you should like Super 8.

Recommended for: Sci-Fi fans, Steven Spielberg fans, J. J. Abrams fans,


  1. Good review; I'm rather glad we got the censored version to get rid of all the swearing. Mom and Dad saw this in theaters and said it was good, even with the swearing.

    When I see it, I'll come back and give a rating!


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  3. Really nice review! I really enjoyed Super 8. I thought the young actors were great! Elle Fanning is a star in the making.

    The film really did a great job at capturing the essence of a Spielberg type summer blockbuster and unlike many other reviewers, I loved the blue leaks!

    Check out my review of Super 8 on my blog if you'd like!

  4. Feel-good movie. I felt like a kid again.


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