Super 8 (2011) Review

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and strange 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.

It’s not very often that I had into the cinema to see a film and not really know what to expect. But that was the case with this film, I had not read much about it and the trailer doesn’t really give anything away – something I think is a brilliant thing. More trailers should leave a mystery around the film.

It started off on a very sad note with Joe’s mother’s funeral and wondering what was going on. Then his friends talking about a film they were making. Again we aren’t entirely sure what to expect from this. But after this we flash forward 4 months taking us to the end of school for the summer. The boys all planning the next scenes for the film, and having to meet at midnight.

We just know that everything isn’t going to go to plan, but in what way? Well that is the question I found myself asking. As they travel to a train station to film more scenes for the zombie film they are making. A train crash occurs, but Joe is the only one who sees a car driving towards the train on the tracks. The scenes featuring the crash were fantastic on the big screen and so loud!

This is when the film takes a turn into the build up to what exactly was on the train and what is going on. Not long after the crash the Army appear and start to pack everything back up and sort things out. Leaving a big mystery on why they are involved. The kids manage to get away, but the car they are in is spotted.

The film kept leaving me pleasantly surprised at the heart warming moments. First love, friendship and family are all very important parts of this film the character development is also a massive plus for this film. We actually care what happens to the children, and that they are going to get through it all.

We slowly begin to realise that something is now in the town and are teased when people begin to disappear and the funny things are happening. We are shown more and more of the thing each time, leaving it a massive moment when we eventually get to see what exactly it is!

I really did enjoy this film and think the innocent of the children throughout make it all even better. It does have its jumpy moments as well, I jumped at least twice even when I was expecting something to happen. I really would recommend this film, but it’s nothing like E.T!

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