Movie Review: Super 8


In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth – something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. -courtesy IMDB

I have never seen the Alien movies in the early 90s or late 80s. I probably just showed my age, but those are classic alien movies and for the most part the measuring stick for scary alien movies. While you don’t get to see the alien until the end of the movie the mystery of the alien and its origins is what makes the movie somewhat interesting. The real story of the movie is not about the alien, which looks like J.J. Abrams stole the costume from the Alien movies and try to add a more sensitive side to them instead of just scary, but in the story of the friends and family. The movie mainly revolves around Joe and his father the Deputy. At the beginning of the movie Joe’s mom died because of a tragic accident at the plant and at the funeral Joe’s dad blames Louis Dainard for his wife’s death. As the story enfolds Joe befriends Louis Dainard’s daughter Alice and uncovers the reasons for the accident at the plant. Super 8 is mainly a movie about friendship, family, and the ties that bind. Joe’s  speech to the alien toward the end of the movie resonates true to life and it is eventually the reason that the alien decides to leave.

If you’re going to see this film make sure that you stay to the end because Charles’s film shows through the credits.

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