A group of kids get together to shoot back yard movies, when… Enter train wreck and explosive beginning to a sci-fi story that’ll see the military cast as the bad guy, creeping in after a fleeing alien against the backdrop of a small otherwise normal town.
When the alien escape plot line involves main character: young Joe Lamb’s (Courtney) new and forbidden love interest (fanning), the kids are rallied to come to the rescue. Also, there’s blood, including a messy alien versus antagonist scene in a bus.
Super 8 evokes memories of movies past, with producer Stephen Spielberg’s ET coming instantly to mind. But this flick is more Nouveau old than the genuine article – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sure, this movie takes it’s time and has attention to detail – like its forefathers - but also adds updated schoolyard foul language and wonderful CG (if not, as always overdone at times).
Thankfully, when it comes to the aggressive outer space visitor, the team took on “less is more” in the way of graphics.
Mostly, the story does decently is suspending disbelief. There are some gaps near the end though that may make some have mixed feelings about the flick’s conclusion.
Overall, “super 8” is definitely worth a watch at 8.3/10 on scale. And watch out for Director J. J. Abrams’ trademark lens flares (where at times when light is seen on the screen it makes an effect… like in star trek). No wait, you can’t miss em, they’re pretty much everywhere.