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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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SPOILER: 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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It arrives.


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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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10 June 2011 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$126,975,169 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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J.J. Abrams originally had two separate ideas for his follow-up to Mission: Impossible III (2006). One was a coming-of-age story, the other was an alien on the loose idea. It was much later in development that he actually had the idea to combine the two. See more »

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When the bus overturns, the window is obviously breakaway candied glass, which breaks into large pieces and easily falls out of the frame (at around 1h 23 mins). Real vehicles use tempered safety glass, which shatters into tiny pea sized pieces but retains its general form. Although tempered glass was patented in 1900, it did not become federal mandate until 1977. Vehicles manufactured before that time may have in fact not had the same safety features known today. In addition, the relative cost of tempered glass instead of candied glass is prohibitive when shooting multiple takes of a movie. Even with its $50M budget, one has to assume that some lifelike replicas had to be made, rather than destroying actual vehicles and houses. See more »

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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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After the end credits finish rolling and the Knack's My Sharona simultaneously finishes playing, a small piece of Michael Giacchino's score begins to play over a black screen and then end over the Paramount logo. See more »

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Written by Lionel Richie
Performed by The Commodores (as Commodores)
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Super 8 Is Super For All
29 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watch this if...you are looking for an entertaining sci-fi film that appeals to both kids and adults. Very engaging from start to finish and has something for everyone.

Acting/Casting: 8* - A extremely nice job of casting and acting from top to bottom. The actors do a great job (especially the kids) making their characters identifiable and believable. I was a huge fan of Riley Griffiths as the bossy kid in the bunch.

Directing/Cinematography/Technical: 8* - As expected J.J. Abrams does a great job in directing and making the film visually stunning. You really have to admire his work in both departments and Super 8 is a perfect example of how to direct and make a good movie.

Plot/Characters: 7* - A fairly interesting plot that keeps you on your toes while you are trying to figure out what is going on. It is your typical coming of age flick with a heavy sci-fi theme thrown in, but it does both of these things really well.

Entertainment Value: 7* - Overall an entertaining movie that I would highly recommend to anyone that asked my opinion. It has a great blend of suspense, comedy, action, and drama that makes it very appealing to almost anyone. I would watch again and will likely purchase in the near future.

My Score: 8+8+7+7 = 30/4 = 7.5

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