Super 8

2011Super 8

Starring: Elle Fanning, Joel Chandler, Riley Griffiths, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler

Set in a small Ohio town in the summer of 1979, Super 8 tells the story of a group of kids trying to finish making a movie but end up witnessing a horrific train crash. Soon after there are unexplained events, people go missing and the military comes in and takes over.

Super 8, for the most part, centers around a group of friends trying to finish a movie project. Joe (Joel Courtney), best friends with movie maker Charles (Riley Griffiths), is trying to cope with the recent loss of his mother due to a factory accident. He dives in full force to help Charles finish his movie. Meanwhile, Charles has enlisted the reset of the gang to help and has even talked Alice (Elle Fanning), ever boys crush, into helping.

Gathered for a late night shoot at an old train depot, Charles spots a train in the distance. He yells for everyone to get ready, he doesn’t want to lose this shot. As they are shooting Joe sees something in the distance on the tracks. Everybody, RUN!

Cue military, strange events, curious friends, upset town (it’s the Soviets!!), and a Sheriff that doesn’t know what to do and isn’t getting any answers from anyone.

Now, I’ve left A LOT out and I did it on purpose. There is so much to this movie it’s hard not to give it away. Super 8 definitely has mystery, thrills, laughs, scares, etc. I really enjoyed it. I even jumped a couple of times. I’m not sure if it’s because it was so loud or because I was actually startled!

Abrams and Spielberg did an excellent job on Super 8. I’m extremely impressed and would definitely recommend Super 8.


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