Super 8 (2011) Movie Review

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2011 | PG-13 | Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
112 minutes /

User Score: 50/100

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Super 8 Review


During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Super 8 (2011) is an American action science fiction thriller movie that was directed and written by J.J. Abrams ( Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Lost (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006)) who amazed me. The nostalgia, visual effects, musical score, and the young actor’s performances were superb. Super 8 had a budget of $50 million, grossed over $35.4 million on its opening weekend and grossed over $260 million worldwide - imagine the profits, after all, expenses. Super 8 is about life and how children deal with love and death amongst other things in life. It is about a group of teenagers filming their own Super 8 movie when an all of a sudden, a train derails (no kids are hurt or dead) and releases something dangerous into their town. I enjoyed this movie with my family and recommended this film to you and your children who are ten years old and over because you will enjoy it a great deal. Super 8 contains sterling acting, exciting moments, full of action, some tense scenes, top notch production design, fantastic special effects, intensely emotional at times, sometimes shocking and funny

Super 8 revolve around six kids in 1979 in Lillian, Ohio, who are making a horror film that they will enter in an amateur filmmaking contest. The group decides to shoot a train as it passes by them one night while shooting a scene in a train station. The actors did not see a truck heading right for the train although the cameraman Joe (Joel Courtney) notices that the truck appeared as though it wants to derail the train. The train goes up in a blaze and astonishingly, no one dies. The camera man saw that something enormous was trying to break out of one of train cars. The truck driver, Dr. Woodward ( Glynn Turman) is still alive and is the kids science teacher at one point in their life. Everything is being captured on film although the kids do not know that as yet because the video camera is on the ground rolling/filming. The movie goes on to being a great family movie that you should not miss if you have young ones. It is a good movie to see even if you do not have kids.

I admire the ways we were introduced to the young characters at Joe’s home during his mother’s wake. We see his friends who were introduced in a manner that showed us their personalities and who they are. It appeared as though the friends know each other for years and have an unbreakable bond. Okay here is the thing, all of the trailers/commercials put together will give you what the movie is about and will give you the gist of almost the entire movie. I was right, and most of you will be right also, but it is still a fantastic movie to see. I can see that many of you will try to YouTube the trailers to see what I am talking about.

About Super 8 2011

Title: Super 8
Original Title: Super 8: The IMAX Experience
Year: 2011
Runtime: 112 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 26 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 26
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Dale Dickey, Bruce Greenwood, Greg Grunberg, Thomas F. Duffy, Beau Knapp, Tim Griffin, Michael Giacchino, Ron Eldard, Elle Fanning, James Landry Hébert, Bingo O'Malley, Scott Lockhart, Tiffany Sander McKenzie, Tom Quinn, Ryan Lee, Mel Fair, Patrick St. Esprit, Brett Rice, Glynn Turman, Emerson Brooks, Richard T. Jones, Andrew Constantini, Walter Cronkite, Mike DeMille, Joel McKinnon Miller, Amanda Foreman, Jack Axelrod, Jay Scully, Jonathan Dixon, Andrew Miller
Writers: J.J. Abrams
Director: J.J. Abrams