Not Quite Super Gr8
Set in a small town in Ohio in 1979, a group of friends set out to make a zombie movie using a Super 8mm camera. During a night of filming they witness a horrific train crash. The train crash causes many strange things to begin happening in their town. The military soon infiltrates the town with its presence but never declaring why they are truly there. You definitely get the feeling there is something dark and dangerous looming in town.
Super 8 seems to be a tribute by JJ Abrams to earlier Spielberg films since it incorporates a vibe from movies like The Goonies and ET. Even the way the film is shot makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. Abrams also interjects some twists and turns and a “mysterious creature” in this movie that reminds me of his show Lost. The child actors have humorous dialogue between each other and that turns out to be one of the better parts of the movie. Young actors Elle Fanning and Joel Courtney shine in their roles. I would rate this movie 6 out of 10 stars. I wanted to give it a higher rating, and for the first half of the movie I would have, but the storyline started to fizzle. I did find it entertaining and enjoyed the throwback feeling.
Motherly Advice: If you choose to wait until it is on DVD, ClearPlay will be able to filter a lot of language and drug references for you. There are no sex scenes to worry about in this movie which is refreshing. There is some action/violence that may not be filtered out but in a sci-fi movie with extraterrestrials I think some intense moments are expected. Although the film is rated PG-13, I would say 15 is as young as I would recommend if you go see it in the theater, mainly due to the language.
Hannah – Movie Mom glad to be on her home planet.