Excerpt: "J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg join forces in this extraordinary tale of youth, mystery, and adventure. 'Super 8' tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a Super 8 movie, only to learn that something unimaginable escaped during the crash. They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants.
Excerpt: It's 1979 and in the small town of Lillian, Ohio, a group of friends have decided to make a Super 8 film to enter in a contest. Four months earlier, Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) lost his mother in a terrible accident at the steel mill but he agrees to help his friend Charles (Riley Griffiths) make an amateur zombie film when he learns his pretty classmate Alice (Elle Fanning) will appear in it.
Excerpt: If you liked "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Goonies," or "Cloverfield," then "Super 8" is going to be right up your alley. It's a great nostalgic look back to childhood in the '70s and '80s, but it's not really for younger kids.
Excerpt: With each year there comes the anticipation that each and every movie released will be the “next big thing.” Such is the case with the J.J. Abrams movie “Super 8″ which, with Steven Spielberg on board, it’s clear to say there was some pressure for Mr. Abrams. For those that don’t know, Abrams was the creative force behind television’s “Lost” and “Alias.
Excerpt: USAF Case File: 4815162342. Lillian, Ohio. June 1979. Transport of classified government cargo through the Ohio river valley suffered a setback when the train was intentionally derailed by dishonorably discharged USAF scientist Dr. Glenn Woodward. The transport's key package was lost during the accident and efforts are underway to locate and retrieve it.
Excerpt: Super 8 is J.J. Abrams at his best, taking a concept well worn and familiar, wrapping it up in a beautifully photographed dressing, and making it his own. He did it with Cloverfield , he did it against all odds with Star Trek , and he has done it again, although this time with heart, a great set of kids, and Steven Spielberg.
Conclusion: I think J.J. Abrams has proved (not that he hadn’t already) that he can hang with the big boys. Super 8 is an obvious tribute-passion project of his and is well made. I wish the story had been a bit tighter especially during that last act, but that’s how it goes. Oh, and if you want a special treat, stick around during the credits, so you can see something cool. On that alone, Super 8 is a rental. Me, I’m split on the film, but will say that it’s just okay.
Excerpt: The Movie Lots of young wannabe filmmakers swiped their dads' cameras and made their own short, grainy masterpieces back in the day, perhaps inspired by the works of upstarts such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Few took that inspiration as far as J.J. Abrams, among the most successful filmmakers in recent years. For Super 8 , he drew extensively upon his own experiences, then took them to science-fictional extremes.
Summary: Bad things happen, but you can still live . J.J. Abrams has moved on from "flavor of the week," has excelled far beyond "flash in the pan," and has proven to be every bit the "next big thing" and that he's definitely here to stay. And there couldn't be better news for fans of original thinking and great vision in a modern day Hollywood that's almost otherwise devoid of both.