June 10, 2011

Super 8 - 2011

Director: JJ Abrams
Writer: JJ Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler

"In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth - something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined." [Plot summary taken from IMDB]

If you're familiar with the media juggernaut that is JJ Abrams, you're no stranger to his latest project. As with others, he enacted a viral marketing campaign with quite a bit of buzz in proportion to information that was actually revealed. With Super 8, Abrams set out to honor the early work of Steven Spielberg, and not only succeeded in that regard, but made what I'm comfortable calling the perfect summer movie. The characters aren't flat (and the child actors come through in spades, especially Fanning), the plot is gripping and unpredictable, set design's spot on for the era...all in all, it's near-perfect. Abrams is having trouble shaking off his attachment to lens flare that was brought to our attention in his Star Trek reboot, and when you finally get a clear glimpse of what the military's been hiding, it looks rather similar to a certain other something that Abrams has ties to, but it's a small price to pay for a film that's as overwhelmingly entertaining as Super 8. A

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