It’s taken a while, but I finally watched the entire film Super 8 online through Netflix. It’s a 2011 J.J. Abrams film (written and directed) that I had been meaning to watch back when it was in theaters, but the timing never worked out. I later heard good reviews from friends, but here we are in 2013, and I finally watched it in its entirety. The film stars a number of kids that I don’t know, so I won’t enumerate them here. It’s an interesting sci-fi flick. Here’s the synopsis:
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.
The film takes place in 1979, so I appreciated the chance to watch a film that took place in another decade than the present, because I felt that added an interesting element to the film. As the story progresses, it reminded me of mashup of three genres: a childhood buddy film (a la Stand By Me) but with a alien monster horror movie backdrop, but with a touch of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
If E.T. was angry and out for revenge.
The movie is good, but I think it’s more of a rental.