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Super 8 (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  10 June 2011 (USA)
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During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.



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Benji Kaznyk
Peg Kaznyk


In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable 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. Written by Official site

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$35,451,168 (USA) (10 June 2011)


$126,975,169 (USA) (23 September 2011)

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During the fire scene there are several shots of rolling hills with horses (and other livestock) grazing in pastures (at 1:09:02 and 1:13:14). Horses, in particular, have a mortal fear of fire. With the impending fire, horses would have been running amok, neighing, and jumping fence rows to seek safety, not casually grazing. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Kaznyk: I'm so worried for that boy.
Mr. Kaznyk: Joe's gonna be okay.
Mrs. Kaznyk: She was everything to him.
Mr. Kaznyk: Jack's gonna step up. He's a good man.
Mrs. Kaznyk: But he's never had to be a father before. I don't think he understands Joe.
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Mixing Their Trademarks
11 June 2011 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

The concept of "Super 8" is combining the elements of J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg. The trailer made you think it's like E.T. plus Cloverfield. Well, it's true. There is nothing new about "Super 8" but it brought us back to the good old classic times, it's funny, it's exciting, and it's amazing.

"Super 8" is another intriguing monster movie by J.J. Abrams. Yes, you really wanna know what it looks like but I'm not gonna tell you. The sad thing is it's not as intriguing as Cloverfield. But It's easy to ignore that problem because there is something better than being another Cloverfield. It feels like you are watching a good old classic movie. Great characters, Good old fashion score, and kids intrigued by the situation.

The story is really about the characters' zombie movie making and the family tragedy while there's a monster attacking their town. The monster is like the background or the subplot of this film. But the movie still got suspense. The movie is indeed beautiful and plenty of heart. The movie is just nostalgic stuff. It's not trying to be new. It just wants to show how J.J. Abrams is inspired by Steven Spielberg's movies.

There are some amazing scenes in this film. Example, the train collision was breathtaking. The movie sure has a lot of humor. It's like a relic to the old family movies. The CGI is good enough. The performances were good. The kids gave a lot of personality to their roles.

"Super 8" is a J.J. Abrams film with Spielberg's trademarks all over it. It's not a blockbuster that has a lot of action and less talking. This movie is made in old fashion style. Yep, this movie is nostalgic if you saw Spielberg's old movies and it's good to see another one like it.

Note: There is something interesting in the credits. You might wanna check it out.

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