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Super 8

  • Drama
  • 2011
  • J J Abrams
  • 107 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Jackson LambKyle Chandler
Alice DainardElle Fanning
Joe LambJoel Courtney
MartinGabriel Basso
NelecNoah Emmerich
Louis DainardRon Eldard
CharlesRiley Griffiths
CaryRyan Lee
PrestonZach Mills

Crew

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DirectorJ J Abrams

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2011-08-05
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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