Super 8

(2011)

Genres: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Review: Super 8

Transcript for Review: Super 8

CHRISTY LEMIRE:
A group of kids with a movie camera film something they’ll never forget in the thriller “Super 8.” I’m Christy Lemire of the Associated Press.

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY:
And I’m Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of mubi.com.

Super 8 is an easy-to-use film format that was the standard for home movies and amateur filmmakers before video came around. SUPER 8 is also the title of our first film, a new sci-fi adventure written and directed by J.J. Abrams. It follows a group of kids living in a small town in Ohio during the summer of 1979. They spend their time making movies, and while working on their latest opus—a no-budget tribute to the zombie movies of George A. Romero—they witness a train crash.

/clip – Train Crash

Their new movie needs an actress so they cast Alice, played by Elle Fanning.

/clip – Alice pretends to be a zombie

Their camera captures a suspicious accident involving an air force train. Soon strange things start happening around town.

SUPER 8 is exactly what a summer entertainment should be. It’s suspenseful, it knows how to tell a story, it’s got a sense of pace and a sense of place, it’s got good special effects, even better acting, and it’s over in two hours. Really the only thing I can say against it is that it shows just what a bad job most other summer blockbusters do. 

CHRISTY:
Yeah, and a thumbs up for me. I love this, and the train crash off the top is spectacular, but it’s not necessarily about the special effects. I mean the thing that turns the town upside down, which I won’t say, really is not what the movie is about. 

IGNATIY:
No, it’s definetely not about that at all, it’s about the kids.

CHRISTY:
It’s about the kids and how they relate to eachother which is so believable, never hits a false note and how the kids and their parents unify or don’t unify when these strange things begin happening. Um, this is very much an homage to Steven Spielberg, and he is a producer on the film, everything from the lighting the sort of mystical way the lights look at night sort that can be sort of frightening, but also sort of fasinating. Um, the crane shots, the way that he’ll sorta push up and in on somebody from underneath, the wind in someones hair at night, but it’s not a rip off.

IGNATIY:
It’s not a rip off.

CHRISTY:
It’s not a parody, it’s very affectionate, very meticulous homage.

IGNATIY:
And it’s not quite a pastiche, I mean it’s an homage, but it’s still clearly a J.J. Abrams film. 

CHRISTY:
It’s its own thing definitely. 

IGNATIY:
It’s certainly It’s own thing, I like this film more than either of the other films he’s directed, either, you know Star Trek or his Mission Impossible movie.

CHRISTY:
Oh, interesting.

IGNATIY:
I, no, I think this is much better. The, the actors who played the kids are what really makes this, especially Elle Fanning, who is, who is really great in this and so much of the film hinges on the fact that these boys would sort of be entranced by this, by this girl.

CHRISTY:
She’s no two dimensional dream girl, she’s a real girl.

IGNATIY:
No, she’s not a two dimensional dream girl, she totally pulls it off, yeah.