Super 8

Super 8

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Super 8

JJ Abrams (Star Trek, TV's Lost) directs a typically mysterious sci-fi flick, produced by Steven Spielberg, recalling the vibe of The Goonies or Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

In the summer of 1979, a group of kids 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.

2011111 minsUSA
Science Fiction
Director:
J.J. Abrams ('Star Trek', 'Mission: Impossible III')
Writer:
J.J. Abrams
84%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Steven Spielberg at it again (E.T the way it should have been).

Early 80's, Kids making Zombie movies (ok I'll Bite). Not bad I liked it I have to be honest I like all of Steven Spielberg's movies, so I can't be Bias towards him or the way he makes movies. Definetely not one for the whole family Pre teens or older I'd recommend to only.

4.0
0

Great child performances

Those children were fantastic and the ensemble acting generally was better than most of the films produced these days in Hollywood, led by star names rather than talent. The film as a whole was satisfying if a little dirivative of many of the films of the 80s (perhaps the point?). But they were treated with respect and sometimes awe, which I guess is how...

4.0
0

Just a bit silly.

Those of my generation remember seeing Close Encounters and E.T. as a kid and hold those memories dearly. Perhaps too dearly. Good movies, but were they truly great? J.J. Abrams also loved these movies and I hoped that he might just be able to give my children a similar cinema experience. Not the same, but something memorable. I wanted them to be taken...

3.0
0

Blockbuster of the year

I consider myself pretty difficult to please - and am no great Spielberg fan - but I genuinely loved this: laughed, cried (there was something in my eye) and joined a small ripple of applause at the end. The most fun I've had in a cinema for ages

5.0
0

SUPER GR8!!!

Ruddy hell!!! Burry good movie!!!!

5.0
0

Delightful nostalgia

In 2010, amidst the flood of adaptations that filled the blockbuster season, Christopher Nolan's Inception stood out for being not only an effective thriller, but more importantly for being one of the few original concept tent-pole releases of the year. This year you may hear similar things about JJ Abrams' Super 8, but please do not be fooled. Super 8 is...

4.0
0

Stellar performance by the entire cast

After X-Men First Class, Super 8 seems to be continuing a trend of slightly retro movies which prove to be of a higher quality than their modern counterparts. This film is in a way classic Spielberg - a classic adventure with well-rounded characters you root for all the way through. Nonetheless, JJ Abrams has definitely made his mark here too, with plenty...

4.0
0

Gotta see it!

The movie was goooooooooood, it certainly made us jump a few times, the effects were awesome and the kids acting was great. We thoroughly enjoyed it, highly recommended.

0

Exciting, funny, sweet, frightening - Best film of 2011 (so far)

Even the not-completely-satisfying conclusion to Super 8 stops it from being incredible. Breathtaking action sequences such as the train crash along with stunning visual effects, a very convincing cast. A non-stop thrill ride from its brilliant first act to its beautiful though cliched ending. Prepare to feel young all over again!

5.0
0

Great

I really enjoyed Super 8, especially the kids, they were awesome and really funny! I'd see this again! Make sure you stay to the end of the credits!

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A relatively standard monster movie.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A relatively standard monster movie.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Super 8 is a great piece of winter entertainment with some beautifully played intimate human moments

4.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A monster mash-up of '50s sci-fi, late-'70s / early '80s event movie and autobiography, Super 8 doesn’t possess the top-to-bottom greatness of the films it’s modelled on but, in shooting for the stars, leaves 90% of modern blockbusters in the gutter. Mint.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Like his (Abrams) previous features, "Mission: Impossible III" and "Star Trek," Super 8 is an enticing package without much inside.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Super stuff...

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Super 8 may be yet another mainstream monster movie from a couple of big Hollywood brands, but it's a wonderful one.

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Like an old airplane (or spacecraft) jerry-rigged from scrap pieces and made air-worthy again, Super 8 has been patched together with 30-year-old spare parts to provide an enjoyable ride of its own.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Its pleasures are borrowed, but durable.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A relatively standard monster movie.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A relatively standard monster movie.

0
TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Super 8 is a great piece of winter entertainment with some beautifully played intimate human moments

4.0
0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A monster mash-up of '50s sci-fi, late-'70s / early '80s event movie and autobiography, Super 8 doesn’t possess the top-to-bottom greatness of the films it’s modelled on but, in shooting for the stars, leaves 90% of modern blockbusters in the gutter. Mint.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Like his (Abrams) previous features, "Mission: Impossible III" and "Star Trek," Super 8 is an enticing package without much inside.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

A wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of filmmaking, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action.

0
Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Super stuff...

5.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Super 8 may be yet another mainstream monster movie from a couple of big Hollywood brands, but it's a wonderful one.

5.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Like an old airplane (or spacecraft) jerry-rigged from scrap pieces and made air-worthy again, Super 8 has been patched together with 30-year-old spare parts to provide an enjoyable ride of its own.

0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Its pleasures are borrowed, but durable.

0

Steven Spielberg at it again (E.T the way it should have been).

Early 80's, Kids making Zombie movies (ok I'll Bite). Not bad I liked it I have to be honest I like all of Steven Spielberg's movies, so I can't be Bias towards him or the way he makes movies. Definetely not one for the whole family Pre teens or older I'd recommend to only.

4.0
0

Great child performances

Those children were fantastic and the ensemble acting generally was better than most of the films produced these days in Hollywood, led by star names rather than talent. The film as a whole was satisfying if a little dirivative of many of the films of the 80s (perhaps the point?). But they were treated with respect and sometimes awe, which I guess is how...

4.0
0

Just a bit silly.

Those of my generation remember seeing Close Encounters and E.T. as a kid and hold those memories dearly. Perhaps too dearly. Good movies, but were they truly great? J.J. Abrams also loved these movies and I hoped that he might just be able to give my children a similar cinema experience. Not the same, but something memorable. I wanted them to be...

3.0
0

Blockbuster of the year

I consider myself pretty difficult to please - and am no great Spielberg fan - but I genuinely loved this: laughed, cried (there was something in my eye) and joined a small ripple of applause at the end. The most fun I've had in a cinema for ages

5.0
0

SUPER GR8!!!

Ruddy hell!!! Burry good movie!!!!

5.0
0

Delightful nostalgia

In 2010, amidst the flood of adaptations that filled the blockbuster season, Christopher Nolan's Inception stood out for being not only an effective thriller, but more importantly for being one of the few original concept tent-pole releases of the year. This year you may hear similar things about JJ Abrams' Super 8, but please do not be fooled. Super 8 is...

4.0
0

Stellar performance by the entire cast

After X-Men First Class, Super 8 seems to be continuing a trend of slightly retro movies which prove to be of a higher quality than their modern counterparts. This film is in a way classic Spielberg - a classic adventure with well-rounded characters you root for all the way through. Nonetheless, JJ Abrams has definitely made his mark here too, with plenty...

4.0
0

Gotta see it!

The movie was goooooooooood, it certainly made us jump a few times, the effects were awesome and the kids acting was great. We thoroughly enjoyed it, highly recommended.

0

Exciting, funny, sweet, frightening - Best film of 2011 (so far)

Even the not-completely-satisfying conclusion to Super 8 stops it from being incredible. Breathtaking action sequences such as the train crash along with stunning visual effects, a very convincing cast. A non-stop thrill ride from its brilliant first act to its beautiful though cliched ending. Prepare to feel young all over again!

5.0
0

Great

I really enjoyed Super 8, especially the kids, they were awesome and really funny! I'd see this again! Make sure you stay to the end of the credits!

4.0
0