Directed by: J.J Abrams
Produced by: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure, Drama
Runtime: 101 Minutes
I enjoy the attempt this film had of showing young kids making a film, but most other aspects seemed weak. I love sci-fi and fantasy, but the concept of the alien landing on earth was far-fetched and odd, but it was still enjoyable. Directed and written by J.J Abrams, who previously brought “Star Trek” to our screens takes a step into a nostalgic outlet, were strange things happen. It has got great drama elements, and of course sci-fi towards the end.
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.
What I ultimately enjoyed about the movie is it is about kids trying to make a movie. The story from the beginning has the young pre-teen kids who have a desire to create a film, which of course, on a Super 8 camera. It is just fun to see how they are all trying to make the film and the film actually made me feel like getting out there with my friends and making a film.
The characters were simple and have a simple desire to get this film made. Many things come up along the way that gets in the way but at the end of the film, we get to see their finished film. In the films, credits we get to see the completed short film and although it is no masterpiece, it was an interesting and funny thing to see. All the kid actors did a great job. That includes Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Riley Griffiths and Zach Mills.
The story felt original while still feeling quite cliché, but it was still an enjoyable one. I enjoyed the film’s narrative which as coherent and steady and the scripting was terrific. We hear several swearing from our cast, which really pushes its PG-13/12a rating. It added lots of comedy to the film and I felt it was very effective.
The idea of the alien landing on earth is strange, but this is a Sci-Fi film, so those rules do not apply. Aliens on earth has been done thousands of times and here, our alien is not an antagonist, but is scared and just wants to go home. Although it is hard to feel sympathetic for the creature, it is a simple characterisation.
Steven Spielberg was on board producing the film and this makes it feel like an authentic Spielberg film. Although nothing compared to “E.T” the Sci-Fi element was amplified nicely. In a sequel dominating summer, this is film is worth seeing because of its nostalgic set pieces, wholesome story and excellent bits of comedy. It may not have any star faces but these entire newcomers sum up to this film being enjoyable.
My Rating: 7.5/10