While filming a movie six kids capture something on the film that they never expected. With the military moving into their town, the six kids realize they are more aware of what is happening than most of the adults around them. Taking matters into their own hands they mount a rescue attempt and fight back against an unusual destructive force.
Joel Courtney (Joe), Jessica Tuck (Mrs. Kaznyk), Joel Miller (Mr. Kaznyk), Ryan Lee (Cary), Zach Mills (Preston), Riley Griffiths (Charles), Gabriel Basso (Martin), Kyle Chandler (Jackson), Ron Eldard (Louis), Elle Fanning (Alice).
Super 8 starts off slow but quickly jumps into the action with just enough background and plot setup for us to understand what is happening. From there the story goes hazy, leaving us to use our imaginations as to what will come next. The story here is good but what really stands out is the style. The film felt a lot like some other adolescent productions such as The Goonies and E.T., approaching kids as intelligent and capable while providing something solid to which they could relate. Though the ending was a somewhat predictable happy ending, the film finishes with a solid feel.
Acting was pretty good from the 6 main characters, the kids. Lee was particularly funny, lighting everything on fire or blowing it up. Chandler did pretty well in his part, actually bringing some energy to his presentation. Eldard was well cast for his part, as was Miller, and both did well.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds had a solid feel throughout the film. CGI was decent and despite good creature effects we never really get a good, detailed look at the thing. Dialogue was well done and moved the story along nicely. Sound and soundtrack were also solid.
Overall Super 8 is a well done alien sci-fi with a good amount of suspense, action, and even drama, resulting in a well rounded film. This one will appeal most strongly to younger teens however, Super 8 would also make for a good family night choice.
With plenty of sci-fi action, violence, and mild drug use, this should be fine for teens and above.
Super 8 is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
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Star rating: 4 out of 5
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