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Running Time 112 min
MPAA rating PG-13
Release Date Jun 10, 2011
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Super 8

In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso) are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no accident, as a series of unexplained events and disappearances soon follows. Deputy Jackson Lamb (Kyle Chandler), the father of one of the kids, searches for the terrifying truth behind the crash.

Starring
Kyle Chandler Deputy Jackson Lamb
Elle Fanning Alice Dainard
Joel Courtney Joe Lamb
Gabriel Basso Martin
Ron Eldard Louis Dainard
Noah Emmerich Nelec
Riley Griffiths Charles
Ryan Lee Cary
Zach Mills Preston
AJ Michalka Jen Kaznyk

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Jul 05, 2011 - Jennavive. on Super 8
ET meets Goonies

In the current era of CGI laden, soul-dead adventure flicks, Super 8 distinguishes itself by having heart. There is an authenticity to those kids in the film, a familiarity in their conversations. It reminded me of when I was a kid. It was like ET meets Goonies or Sandlot. And the film that they are trying to make within the film, and their obsession with "production values" draws a lot of laughs.

The friendship between the kids in the film really resonates, and the emotional elements of the film totally deliver. One of the most poignant scenes in the film has nothing to do with whats in the train car, or the air force, and anything like that rather, its a scene that takes place in Joe's bedroom as he sits on the floor talking to Alice. Now, as much as I loved the film, it is not without some flaws, mostly in continuity. Also, I would have liked a little more exposition for some of the characters.

Surely it will draw its comparisons to ET, and the other early Spielberg works, but those comparisons will always be unfair. Those films came at a different time. And the people who see Super 8 today, have changed since they first saw ET, or any of those other films. I am just glad the generation of younger people will have this as a generational film for them, as I had with those other great adventure films.

I had pretty high hopes for it from what I saw from the trailers. I don't lean one way or the other when it comes to Abrams, some of his stuff I like, some of it I don't. Super 8 is one that I loved. All in all, Super 8 was a terrific film experience, that will leave you with a smile on your face.

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