I have no idea why the movie is called Super 8, even after I finished watching it, but I do know that Super 8 is bloody amazing!! Easily becomes one of my favorite Alien Movies.
I have been in love with the movie from the moment I saw the trailer. My anticipation toward the movie was so high and I am glad it paid off. To tell you the truth, I have been feeling so happy lately because all my anticipated movies turned out to be worth the anticipation. TinTin is the last on my anticipated list, will see it tomorrow, hope it will live up to my expectation. The latest ones, before Super 8, were The Rise of The Planet of The Apes and Retreat (because I have just posted a Cillian Murphy related post, I decided to post Retreat review after Super 8. The review will be on Wednesday).
I saw The War of The World the day before I saw Super 8 and even though I like Independence Day…but I really have to say that you don’t need alien invasion trying to eliminate human from the face of the earth to make a memorable alien movie. Simple and deep, that’s all I need from my alien movies, just look at the unforgettable D-9 and now this, Super 8.
In some ways, it kinda reminds me of E.T, children with alien trying to get back home…but the E.T isn’t as cute as that E.T. I like this monstrous E.T more, and it sure is fun to see alien paying back his capturers in a big bang.
Charles was a future ‘great’ director, he directed zombie movie with his closed friends as the leading and supporting roles in his movie. The make-up and sound technician was a boy named Joe, Charles’ friend since kindergarten. Along with their other 3 friends and a girl who was not actually a member of their little ‘gang’, they headed to a train station to shoot a scene. What they got was more than a movie scene. Joe saw a pick-up truck ran on the train track and hit a running train, it caused an eye-popping train crash.
One of the cargoes carried something that could throw the cargo’s door as if it was made of paper, Joe was the only one who saw it. All 6 of them survived the train crash and found a man who caused the crash. It was one of their teachers. He told them to run away or they will kill them and their family. The army came second after they got away….and their calm town started to change after that.
The army tried to cover the situation because they didn’t want the people knew that they were carrying alien and its technology. But strange things began to happen in the town, people were missing their electronic stuffs. And the army began checking each house for something they won’t tell.
Meanwhile, the children (Joe, Charles, Preston, Alice, Cary and Martin) continued their movie production and as if nothing had happen. They soon found out that they were in deep trouble.
I like everything about this movie. The scoring is perfect and the visual is stunning. The part where the train blew up is my favorite part. I also like the way the alien attack people, it has its own style. When I watched it, I was totally glued, I couldn’t take my eyes of it. I didn’t want to miss a single scene. I love how that alien turns everything into chaos.
In my opinion, the story is not slow at all (as I have read somewhere). I like the fact those children didn’t start doing detective stuff to investigate the train…they all just living their live. They kept their activity. They talked about the accident but they didn’t start becoming little detectives who acted like they know everything. They did finally act like detectives, but that was after something happened to their friend. I like stories where children don’t act like grown-ups. And I also appreciate the non-existence of corny moment with the alien.
In conclusion, Super 8 is one of the best movies in 2011.
Director: J.J. Abrams
Producer: Steven Spielberg, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk
Screenplay: J. J. Abrams
Starring: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee
Release: June 10, 2011
The trailer that awed me:
The second trailer shows more than the first, but I like the first one better, it’s more mysterious.
Have you seen Super? and what do you think?