Friday, July 15, 2011

Freaky Friday: Super 8

Oh, the 1980s, how I miss them. Technically, this film is set in 1979, but it has enough 80s appeal to remind me of the decade. From cassette tapes to 8mm film to the birth of the Walkman, I felt rooted in childhood.
Now, onto the movie...I can't help but wonder if this is the combination of J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg's childhood dreams and nightmares. The stereotypical "pudgy" kid goes about making a horror film with a bunch of his friends. They convince the cute girl - blonde haired, blue-eyed Elle Fanning whose every bit the actress as big sister - to star in their movie. For me, the kids steal the show.
Early on in the film, they sneak out to a train station late at night. The tracks are all but empty and the child director glories in the "atmosphere" of the place. When a train starts barreling down the tracks, he screams for action, noting the "production value". But, when a truck stumbles upon the tracks, all Hell breaks loose!
The movie gets weirder from there with an Air Force conspiracy, scientific experiments, an evacuation of the town, and an abduction of the local sheriff. The ending didn't satisfy me one bit, and the plot felt like a cross between ET and ALIENS. Not exactly the greatest mix. But, the kids won me over, the special effects were pretty awesome, and the overall story kept me mildly entertained.

Not the best. Not the worst. Frankly, with a J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg combo, I expected much more, but for a dismal Thursday evening, it wasn't half bad. Just don't expect a Saturday night extravaganza.

Rating: Solid B


  1. Hmmm.... I think you just saved me from going to the theatre to see this one. May have to wait until the DVD release.

    I'm with you on this: The J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg combo is something that you NEVER miss. It's saddening though that it wasn't better than it was. :(

    Great review, Tina!!

  2. Thanks for the heads up on this one. Maybe I'll catch a matinee.