Super 8 details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||December - Action/Adventure, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Dec 2011|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Akin to the Spielberg products of the 70s and 80s, Super 8 is the sort of summer blockbuster Hollywood doesn't make anymore.
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Part Pastiche - Part PantsBy Andyhjam (11 reviews) from Stockport , 12 Sep 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]I was very excited to see Super 8. The trailer was first class and filled me with nostalgia of my childhood excitement whenever I saw a film involving Spielberg.
And so it continued into the first hour of the movie - an accomplished pastiche of the New Hollywood style of the late Seventies and Eighties complete with themes of paternalism, teenage angst and small town melodrama that familiarise such films. I really enjoyed the build up and munched away on my popcorn smiling about the references to E.T, Close Encounters, The Goonies, Indiana Jones, etc; even spilling some from my open mouth during the phenomenal train crash.
Unfortunately, this enjoyment ebbed away into the second half. A convoluted mass of ideas developed with Abrams skipping from one idea to the next replacing certain interesting and appealing ideas with farcical plot lines or sorrowful gags.
Super 8 juxtaposed two eras of filmmaking, the more thoughtful, thematic, character based style we can identify as the New Hollywood approach with the flash, thrash, spend-loads-of cash approach of more recent high concept, effects based moviemaking. In this way it offers something more than just a marque movie and as I said earlier, the first hour is really very good.
However, all in all, I came out of the cinema almost angry that I had been disappointed so much - i usually check my expectations but this one got me! Not a bad film as such, just a bad end to a very promising opening.
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Good filmBy a customer , 29 Nov 2013some great action scenes in this film and the kids are really believable actors. Overall a modern ET with good story line, great acting and great CGI. Worth watching
Had So Much PotentialBy lovefilmcustomer (1 review) , 13 Aug 2013I was expecting so much more from this. Although it took a while to get going I thought it told the story well. But then everything seemed to go so quick. It felt like they were in a rush to finish the film. Worth a watch but could have been so much better.
Super 8, Super filmBy NOGOODBOYO (20 reviews) , 30 Jul 2013Thoroughly enjoyed this. Good bit of Saturday night popcorn munching fun. Well acted and a good storyline with a few good jumpy moments thrown in along the way.
Only OK to meBy a customer , 20 Jul 2013Quite enjoyable on the whole but I expected something more. The monster itself was a bit of a let down and I thought the ending a little weak in places.
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1970's cine filmBy Routemaster (95 reviews) from Cambridge , 20 Jul 2013Science fiction-thriller-horror film directed and produced by the combination of J. J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg. Tells the story is some local kids wanting to make a movie using their 'Super 8' camera. during filming a train comes through the town, a great back drop to the movie, but they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, as the train derails and unleashed havoc on the town. I liked the movie as it was full of nostalgia (had my own Super 8 in the 70's - in fact still got it in the loft somewhere), good visual effects, and the performances of its young actors Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning and Kyle Chandler. Class this as a good movie to spend watching on a lazy Sunday afternoon.