Amblin Entertainment, Bad Robot, Paramount Pictures

Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Jessica Tuck, Joel McKinnon Miller, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Gabriel Basso

It was the late 70’s and the mill has had it’s first accident in several years taking the life of Joe’s (Joel Courtney) Mom. Dad is a deputy sheriff of a small town in Ohio called Lillian. Joe and his friends are making a Super 8 movie to send to a film contest. While working on the film they witness a horrible train crash and the Air Force seems strangely very interested in the cargo. The sheriff is missing, and Joe’s Dad, Deputy Jackson Lamb(Kyle Chandler) is looking for answers to all the mysteries, but the Air Force is keeping very quiet.

Stephen Spielberg produced this throwback to the horror films he used to do in the 70’s and 80’s and the theory was to purposefully keep the plot a secret. This is an excellent film, but I hope the secrecy around it doesn’t torpedo the movie. I think the word of mouth about the film may help it. It’s a very fine line between giving away the whole story in the previews, and not giving out enough information to pique the interest of the theater goer. It’s a tough call. Certainly I didn’t know much except that there was something in that train that the Air Force did not want us to see.

They give us a good suspenseful ride though the movie, and some pretty great scares from time to time. This is definitely an “in theater” movie and the big screen and great sound system sure helps it a whole lot. I have to say that the less you know about the subject the more you’re going to enjoy it. There is a little “Romeo and Juliet” story going on between Joe and Alice (Elle Fanning) which adds to the story. Alice’s Dad is a drunkard and holds some guilt and Joe’s Dad has a long hatred (as a deputy sheriff) for Alice’s Dad. But mostly this is a science fiction/horror/suspense yarn that will not disappoint. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves the genre. I think you’ll enjoy it as well. The kids are the greatest gang of kids since “The Goonies” or the boys from “Stand By Me“. And if you’re wondering, they did finally finish their epic Super 8 film, and if you stay for the credits, you’ll get to see the entire film! I used to do that when I was their age. Boy those 50 foot rolls of 8MM film were tough to afford and to get developed, but the results were fun, fun, fun. Enjoy this one!

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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