Filmpopper Review: Super 8
One of the most hyped movies of the summer, J.J. Abram’s Super 8, is finally out. Super 8 follows the lives of several children in the late 70’s in their attempt to make a a short movie for a film festival. But when they are witnesses to a terrible train crash everything begins to change. Electronic appliances begin disappearing along with people and madness begins to break lose as the US Air Force tries to desperately cover up some secret.
The plot of Super 8 is full of some minor twists and turns but most questions are answered in the movie and doesn’t leave a whole lot of guess work or filling in the blanks which is quite unusual for a J.J. Abrams production.
I really liked the story of Super 8. Many of the special effects were amazing and you can definitely see Spielberg’s hand in some of this. Two scenes pop to mind immediately, one of course being the epic train crash, and the other, a scene near the end that features several of the main characters running through a town were essentially all hell as broken loose.
There were a few things I happened to dislike as well. One was I could never really figure out if I was watching a movie for kids or not. All the main characters are kids, yet it becomes increasingly violent as the movie progresses making you wonder about the movie’s intended audience. There were also a few slow parts in the movie as Abrams tried to romanticize young love, which wasn’t entirely necessary, and slightly boring.
All in all I can’t complain a whole lot. Super 8 was a good movie. Unfortunately I went into this movie with high expectations and they weren’t exactly met. I don’t know what exactly I was expecting, but it wasn’t a movie where I got confused at what I was watching. At some parts it seemed like a horror movie, at others an action flick, and at others a movie meant for children. I wanted to keep this review short because I don’t want to spoil a lot about it. While I wouldn’t call Super 8 super by any means, I’d at least call it Above Average. I award Super 8 a B-.