Super 8

Super 8

Blu-ray Disc - 2011
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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.

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Davidf05
Mar 06, 2017

J.J. Abrams directed this film so it had to be bad & it was. This film wasn't one of Spielberg's BEST either but it isn't the only one that wasn't good.

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XGirl
Jan 22, 2017

Well, darlings - Super 8 is just OK Sci-Fi. At the hands of director Spielberg, I don't think that it could have been anything more than that.

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Library_Musings
Dec 19, 2016

Super 8 is fun science fiction movie. Full of nostalgia for some of the better kid's movies of the 1980's, and still a unique and entertaining story on it's own. If you like E.T. or The Goonies, give Super 8 a try.

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123holdon
Jan 29, 2016

Very good scenario , well built but a little mechanical sometime. Like if the film maker knew so well the string of the suspense( and he can S.Spielberg is not the beginner in the field!) then he pulls them seeming knowing by advance the reaction of the public.

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8372s
Sep 28, 2015

couldn't finish this movie, not because of the plot, but because the volume level was just too dynamic. compared to other movies that are way too dynamic, this one is exceptionally bad.

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Dax
Jun 21, 2015

This terrestrial extraterrestrial flick was really nothing special. (Good for people who enjoy "B" movies, I suppose.)

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Aka_MeTarzan
May 09, 2015

Of course, there can be no denying that Super 8 was, indeed, a "Steven Spielberg" production right through to its very core.

From my perspective, I see Super 8 as being Spielberg's way of demonstrating to us all just how hip he thinks he is with the times.

In his attempt to keep up with the big boys of today's Sci-Fi aliens - Instead of giving us the cute, cuddly and friendly-type aliens of the 1970s and 80s like he did with Close Encounters Of The 3rd Kind and E.T., - Here Spielberg is now offering us the perfect alien-monster of this new millennium - A big, mean, totally destructive and hungry bastard-of-an-alien who, naturally, just "wants-to-go-home".

Here are my two major beefs about Super 8 -

(1) - How the heck did those teens manage to escape death (or serious injury) (and the car get by almost undamaged) while they were all at the scene of the train wreck?

(2) - I thought that it was just too dumb for words when Joe Lamb was picked up by the huffing and puffing alien and he actually managed to reason with the creature by saying some total nonsense to it like "I know bad things happen." - And, at that point, the alien actually let him go!

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Dreamstime
Mar 29, 2015

Not a very good movie given the pedigree of its creators. Fanning was good but the other young actors were more a distraction. The creature was certainly not an ET clone. Suspension of disbelief was impossible.

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Old_Toto
Mar 23, 2015

This popcorn champion will entertain and delight the Millennium children and grandchildren after an adult explains to them the nomenclature of a Super 8, including film cassettes and why the film has to be "developed". It has a good lesson on why people not riding in trains should stay away from railroad tracks. If one lives in King County, this is a good demonstration on why coal and oil shipments should be detoured away from this area.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

In the summer of 1979 a group of kids are out way past their bedtime filming the latest scene in their amateur zombie flick when they witness a horrendous train derailment. Grabbing their camera gear they hightail it for home but not before they cross paths with the crash’s lone survivor and notice some very strange cargo spilling out of the overturned cars. Within hours their small Ohio town is crawling with military types intent on blocking any attempts by the local sheriff (one of the kids’ father) to investigate what really happened. But even the military are unable to hide the fact that mysterious things have begun to happen; people are disappearing, strange power surges and blackouts plague the town, and the night is filled with ominous howls and spontaneous explosions. At first reluctant to even discuss what they saw that night, the young filmmakers are spurred into action when one of their own goes missing. What follows is a delightful child’s eye adventure in which a handful of precocious tweens do their best to outwit a town full of authority figures who are either too evil or too clueless to appreciate them. Following a trail of clues and hunches the gang stumbles upon a deadly government secret of galactic proportions while at the same time managing to hurl colourful insults at each other and maybe grow up just a little. Writer/director J. J. Abrams keeps the pyrotechnics going as hardware tumbles through the air, glass storefronts implode and vintage cars are turned into fiery scrap. He also exhibits an appreciation for what keeps audiences glued to their seats; his plucky pre-teens are sure to make contemporary kids snigger and aging boomers smile nostalgically as they recall watching the likes of E.T., The Goonies, and Gremlins for the first time. Unfortunately an otherwise very cool ending is marred by an overdose of Disneyesque schmaltz, probably courtesy of producer Steven Spielberg. But the film’s late 70s setting is impeccable, the young cast superb, and the soundtrack of old rock anthems pitch perfect. Be sure and sit through the final credits!

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violet_horse_1005
Jun 17, 2015

violet_horse_1005 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and under

jmurdock123 Mar 08, 2015

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AvidThought
Sep 13, 2012

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Ólive Jul 04, 2012

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Jun 05, 2012

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TheBigMan
Jan 29, 2012

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AvidThought
Sep 13, 2012

Coarse Language: This film is meant to feel like a 1980's movie, and they accomplish that partly through the amount of language uttered by young characters. If you're sensitive to language, "Super 8" is not for you.

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AvidThought
Sep 13, 2012

Violence: "Super 8" is a thriller, which naturally entails a good dose of violence. Perhaps the "worst" section is when a character ends up in an accident that leaves his face dripping in blood.

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AvidThought
Sep 13, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Like all good suspenseful thrillers, the audience is left wondering "what" the creature is, and where it will strike next. People disappear (usually) screaming into the darkness.

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AvidThought
Sep 13, 2012

Sexual Content: Part of the language includes crude references to sexual organs.

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imartin
Mar 08, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: humans being consumed, persons being crushed, meat locker effect

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TheBigMan
Jan 29, 2012

Coarse Language: One F word and many S words. it's a PG-13 film though, but nothing over the top for a PG-13 movie.

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TheBigMan
Jan 29, 2012

Other: Why is this category even here? What could possibly be in here that doesn't fit into the above groups? Really extreme violence? Absurd language? Obscene sexual content? I mean really, what's up with this 'Other' category, it's kinda out of place?

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TheBigMan
Jan 29, 2012

Violence: Trains blow up, houses blow up, cars are smashed, and property is damaged. Not to a Micheal Bay level, but still a good amount.

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TheBigMan
Jan 29, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Pretty much any alien movie is gonna be scary. Given fact.

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

Dr. Woodward: If you speak of this, you and your parents will be killed.

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

Alice Dainard: I know he wishes he'd been the one who died, sometimes I wish it too.
Joe Lamb: Don't say that. He's your dad.

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

Cary: He's too stoned!
Martin: Oh, drugs are so bad!

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Joe Lamb (of his deceased mom): "She used to look at me... this way, like really look... and I just knew I was there... that I existed."

Ólive Jul 04, 2012

[seeing overturned bus] Donny: What the F***K?

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foxesandthings
Jun 05, 2012

[seeing overturned bus]
Donny: What the F***K?

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foxesandthings
Jun 05, 2012

Donny: You dorks are alive?

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bdls206
Jul 24, 2012

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

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