Super 8

Jun. 12th, 2011 04:58 pm
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Movie: Super 8
Starring: Joel Courtney, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, and Elle Fanning.
Released Nationwide: June 10, 2011

A group of friends are working on making an amateur zombie film that they are hoping will win at the festival that they are planning on entering it in. In the process of filming one of the scenes at a train station, they witness a massive derailment of a passing train, and the camera that they are using happens to catch something escaping from the wreckage. The military quickly takes over their town, looking for what escaped from the train, and bring it back into custody. All the while, the kids are trying to figure out what is going on while they are trying to evade capture by the military (and as they are trying to keep themselves from being killed).

There was a definite Spielberg/ET feel to the film, but I suppose that is to be expected when Spielberg is involved with the flick. But there is also a really heavy Abrams/Cloverfield feel ... especially in the fact that you only get glimpses of the alien until the very end, and then he looks like it's related to the Cloverfield monster.

The ending of the film really was lacking. It was as if Abrams suddenly realized that he all this stuff going on, and he needed to hurry and wrap everything up. And how he got it done was pretty lame. The alien grabs our almost fearless kid leader and does a mind-meld with him (after the kids stop and the alien is told to just go home), he sees that our kid leader is also in pain, and so he decides that he's going to follow the advice that he was given ... and so, he just turns around, gets his ship together, and leaves. This seems so insanely unlikely and rushed that it takes away any credibility from the ending ... even if what the writers were trying to get at was that both characters were in pain, and they were able to empathize with each other. If the alien has been going around and killing everyone that it can gets its hands on (and sometimes eating them later), it doesn't seem likely that it's going to suddenly stop just because a kid tells him to go away and go home.

I've also seen in some places that there are people who believe that a thread may have been cut out that involved finding out that Joe and Alice (or two main kid heroes) are actually secretly half-siblings. The reasoning is that they don't believe that there should have been a reason why Alice's father would have been so against Alice hanging out with Joe (unless they were actually related, and their fathers didn't want them to fall for each other). I suppose that I can see how some people may think that, but I believe that they are mistaken. What can be seen by some as over-powering subtext looks to me as though it's nothing more than these two men both blaming Alice's father for Joe's mother's death. What I see is Alice's father feeling guilty for a death that happened when Joe's mother was trying to cover his shift, so he doesn't want to be reminded of the death he blames himself for.

This film does not live up to the hype that seems to surround Abrams these days, and it's probably better to either skip it, or wait until you can catch it in a matinee.


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