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Super 8

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Super 8

J J Abrams (2011)

107min
12 Certificate
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Named after the old film format used by home-movie hobbyists, this 1970s-set adventure follows a bunch of schoolkids who accidentally capture footage of a spectacular train crash while filming their own low-budget zombie flick. Best not to say more than that, even if most viewers will have some idea of what's lurking in the wreckage. The real surprise, though, is that the burgeoning relationship between shy pubescent protagonist Joe (Joel Courtney) and the classmate he desperately fancies (the strikingly talented Elle Fanning) should prove more dramatically compelling than the story's effects-driven sci-fi aspects. In an age of relentlessly spectacular, often emotionally vacant blockbusters, it's a real pleasure to see a big movie thrumming with genuine feeling for characters touchingly poised on the cusp of adulthood. Writer/director JJ Abrams has clearly soaked up the early work of fellow producer Steven Spielberg, and here he reproduces not only the visual style of Close Encounters and ET but also their affecting humanity. Eventually the digital trickery takes over, delivering the hi-tech mayhem modern audiences expect; yet, for those who grew up on the Spielberg classics, a truly nostalgic treat awaits.

Summary

A boy and his friends sneak out at night to film an amateur zombie movie, only to witness a train derailment. As people start disappearing from their town and the military descends in force, they come to realise a dangerous alien was being transported on the train and is now on the loose. Sci-fi thriller, starring Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning.

Cast & Crew

Jackson Lamb Kyle Chandler
Alice Dainard Elle Fanning
Joe Lamb Joel Courtney
Martin Gabriel Basso
Nelec Noah Emmerich
Louis Dainard Ron Eldard
Charles Riley Griffiths
Cary Ryan Lee
Preston Zach Mills
Director J J Abrams
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Paramount Guidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 5 Aug 2011

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