Film #50: Super 8 (2011)

Director: J.J. Abrams
Language: English
Length: 112 minutes
Watched on: 21 Jan 2012

This was the second film that I watched on the plane over to Japan, whiling away the long hours. It concerns a group of teenagers trying to while away the boredom of living in the midwest by making films on an old Super-8 camera. I think it was set in the 70s or 80s, where such things would have been more common. Then a big train accident happens right in front of them, and as the saying goes, their lives are turned upside down. Naturally, it’s all captured on camera.

Trying not to give too much away, during the rest of the movie, strange things start happening around the kids, and the military set up shop in the town. There’s some kind of cover-up operation going on. It gets weird and only makes sense within its genre by the end of the film.

Overall, it was quite a good film, but I just wasn’t gripped by it. It certainly had its moments, to be fair, but as to the entire plot, I can only give a basic outline (and I don’t want to do that because it’s better to watch it without major spoilers). It scores points by actually having kid actors instead of older kids and young adults playing the children, which lent it more credibility, although I found it a bit unrealistic when the two kids whose voices hadn’t even broken yet started fighting over a girl. I think that’s just a strange and foreign world to me.

Is it worth watching? Yeah, probably. I think Stephen Spielberg was involved, so it was definitely a quality production. So perhaps it’s worth a shot.


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