Super 8

Super 8

JJ Abrams (2011)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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

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

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Aug 2011