Director: J.J. Abrams
Time: 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning
J.J. Abrams has the Midas touch when it comes to filmmaking. With films like "Star Trek" and "Mission Impossible 3" under his belt, Abrams has proven to be a master of action, science fiction, story-telling and suspense. "Super 8" is his tribute to the classic sci-fi movies of the 80's that have inspired him.
The movie starts off in 1979, where a group of kids are filming a zombie movie on their Super 8 camcorder. Things go horribly wrong doing their filming however, as a military train is derailed and something escapes from one of the cargo bins. The kids swear to keep their knowledge of the event a secret, but soon mysterious disappearances of both dogs and people have the group frightened. What has escaped from the train wreckage and is it good or bad?
"Super 8" is cut from the same cloth as films like "E.T." and "the Goonies". Very rich story telling with countless examples of foreshadowing and symbolism make Abrams' latest offering a shining example of filmmaking at its best. The quality of cinematography and plot prove that Abrams is indeed one of the industry's most promising directors.
Words cannot explain the experience that is "Super 8". I can only urge you to go out and see it. Catch it tonight at the Tango Theatres!
4.5 out of 5 stars.