Last night I was lucky enough to be invited for an early screening of J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s summer blockbuster, Super 8. Let me start off by letting you all know that this is spoiler free, I’m not going to go too much into what happens because I rather you see the movie and see what happens first hand rather then reading about what happens in it. Super 8 is about a group of young boys, and a girl, who witness a mysterious train crash, a train crash carrying Air Force cargo. After the crash, all sorts of weird things start happening to this small little town in Ohio. All of this is suppose to be taking place back in 1979, a very different time then today. Alright, that’s enough of that though, I don’t want to spoil anything.
My favorite part about Super 8 was the suspense that it offered. Throughout the movie I was at the edge of my seat, there seemed to always be a “what’s going to happen next” type of feeling to the movie, I really enjoyed that. And of course, that feeling was always abruptly ended with a jump out of your chair moment, which I, along with everyone else in the movie theater did several times. One of the reasons for this was the explosions in the movie, they were big and they happened very often. Actually while thinking about it, they happened almost too often, it seemed like something was getting blown up every 10 mins. Super 8 also offered the most crazy, elaborate train crash that I’ve ever seen. That whole scene was nuts, but in a good way, like a Michael Bay (if that’s your thing) type of way.
Now while all the special effects were all that, the story was not. I actually thought the story was lacking substance to it. You just didn’t know much about the characters and any back story of why things were happening for some time. I’d like to go more into that as that was a big problem I had with the movie, but I really can’t without spoiling anything but if you see the movie, you will see what I’m talking about. You are constantly trying to guess and put together the back story and you are trying to understand why things are going on the way they are because the movie just doesn’t want to fill you in on it.
Steve’s Recommended Viewing:
Opening Weekend – At The Theater – Rent It – Watch It On Cable – Stay Away! – 4/5
Super 8 was an enjoyable movie, but it wasn’t for the story, it was for the special effects and the jump out of your chair moments. I recommend you go see it if it’s your thing, and if you do plan on watching Super 8, do yourself a favor and see it in the theater unless you are rocking one awesome audio system. You don’t need to see this opening day weekend, but if you like these types of movies, you really should see it at least in a theater. Think Goonies (but with a story that’s not quite as good) with aliens, and add a bunch of crazy explosions, that’s kind of what Super 8 is.
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