“Super 8” is an Explosively Good Time

"Super 8" Film Poster"

I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical about J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s newest cinematic creation. With all the mystery and small amount of promotional material, I was utterly confused about what the plot of the film could actually be.

But I am so happy that I let my friend pick “Super 8.”

What Abrams and Spielberg did not deliver in trailers and sneak peeks, the duo made up for in storytelling and entertainment. “Super 8” provides wonderful action sequences with an even better plot line to create a suspenseful near two hours in a movie theater.

The story revolves around a group of friends in the summer of 1979 who witness a train crash, after which mysterious things begin to occur in the small Ohio town. The engaging cast is led by two up and coming stars, Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning, who play Joe Lamb and Alice Dainard.

There are moments in the film that will make you laugh, jump, hold your breath, and scream frantically for the group of movie-loving misfits to channel Forrest Gump and run. But there are also the smaller, more dull moments in “Super 8” that provide the perfect restroom run or popcorn refill if need be without missing any of the movie. (Those are always qualities I am looking for.)

Overall, I would give “Super 8” an A-, and recommend anyone who loves a good SciFi movie to spend the nine dollars on a ticket. Abrams ensures that the time and money are well worth it.


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