Super 8 is a film whose plot had been shrouded in mystery since the first teaser was released. Written and directed by J.J. Abrams, (Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield, Star Trek) and produced by Steven Spielberg, those names alone should easily sell tickets and rightfully so. They’ve earned it. Abrams is fast-becoming one of my favorite writers in Hollywood.
The film opens during a wake and then jumps four months later where we are really introduced to these very funny and resourceful kids in a hurry to finish making their zombie movie for a local film festival. While filming one of their scenes at a train station, there is a horrible train crash that contains classified military property. Now this small town of 12,000 people has residents vanishing, anything emitting radiation stolen, and is swarming with Air Force officers who refuse to answer any questions and even imprison anyone who figures out what they’re trying to cover up.
Super 8 has several almost too obvious of references and similarities to E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind but this film is certainly much more grittier and suspenseful. All the kids stole the show and make up nearly the entire movie and all of them steal every scene their in with their humor, innocence, and loyalty to each other. I recommend Super 8 to any J.J. Abrams fan or whoever wants to get a little 1980’s nostalgia.