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Teens save town in action-heavy sci-fi film with retro feel.
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Fresh: Attempts the difficult feat of balancing self-consciousness about the olden days with wide-eyed, headlong, present-tense fun. For about an hour it succeeds marvelously. The modest letdown that follows exposes the limitations of Mr. Abrams's imagination.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, June 9, 2011
Fresh: The worst that can be said about the film is that the characters are far more compelling than the mystery they solve.
- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, June 9, 2011
Fresh: A love letter to a cinematic era, before 'blockbuster' became a synonym for 'franchise' or 'tent pole.'
- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, June 10, 2011
Interesting sci-fi installment. Thought it would be more epic though. A bit hyped-out.
- Raajay, Saturday, July 14, 2012
A group of kid filmmakers witness a train crash that leads to a battle with an extraterrestrial. There is a fine line between plagiarism and homage, but I guess getting the person whom he's plagiarizing to produce his film saves J.J. Abrams from any charges and raises Super 8 to the level of homage. Super 8 is E.T. and The Goonies all rolled into one, but it's not just the character types and the plot that are reminiscent of Spielberg; the kid characters emerge from broken families, the adults fail to understand their children's intelligence, there are numerous shots of people looking, and even the score is similar to something John Williams would pen -- all trademarks of early Spielberg. While it could be said that Abrams's film never rises too far above imitation, that doesn't mean that the film isn't thoroughly entertaining. Even the emotional moments -- the love story between Alice and Joe, Charles's third act revelation, Joe's speech to the alien, and the third act bit with the necklace -- are all compelling and delicately handled; indeed, Abrams handles pathos with a more practiced hand than early Spielberg, whose emotional moments reeked of sentimentality. While Joel Courtney is quite good, Elle Fanning gives the one exceptional performance; everyone else is adequate. Overall, this is a fantastic, human, compelling science fiction film that will surely remind you of times when science fiction was about more than just explosions and special effects.
- hunterjt13, Saturday, April 6, 2013