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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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J.J. Abrams

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Courtney ... Joe Lamb
Jessica Tuck ... Mrs. Kaznyk
Joel McKinnon Miller ... Mr. Kaznyk
Ryan Lee ... Cary
Zach Mills ... Preston
Riley Griffiths ... Charles Kaznyk
Gabriel Basso ... Martin
Kyle Chandler ... Deputy Jackson Lamb
Ron Eldard ... Louis Dainard
AJ Michalka ... Jen Kaznyk
Andrew Miller Andrew Miller ... Kaznyk Twin
Jakob Miller Jakob Miller ... Kaznyk Twin
Jade Griffiths Jade Griffiths ... Benji Kaznyk
Britt Flatmo ... Peg Kaznyk
Elle Fanning ... Alice Dainard
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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Darlings See more »

Filming Locations:

Agua Dulce, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,451,168, 12 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$127,004,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$260,095,986
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

J.J. Abrams: [Lens flares] Cinematographic effect. See more »

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When the main characters are viewing the teacher's film in the classroom, the label design on the TDK audio cassette tape shown dates from the mid 1980s (at around 1h 15 mins). See more »

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[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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In the original theatrical version some shot of Jen Kaznyk walk to Donny in the evacuation center are cut from the DVD version See more »

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My Sharona
Written by Berton Averre & Doug Fieger
Performed by Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso & Joel Courtney
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I was expecting so much more...
19 June 2011 | by still_the_dreSee all my reviews

I don't make movies or review them. I am simply someone who loves going to the movies and have seen more than I can count. I was waiting for Super 8 for about 6 months. I saw the early trailers, was involved in the viral campaigns. I was amped to go and experience another great JJ Abrams film.

Like many reviewers I started on a high then at about half way my opinion of the movie had gone down a lot.

I watch a lot of movies and like to think I know a good movie when I see one. For me it's simple. Was it interesting? Was it entertaining? Was it original? This is what makes a great movie to me. Super 8 was not a great movie.

The best way to describe Super 8 is take ET and put it in a blender with Cloverfield. But it just doesn't feel like it blended how it should have.

The are too main stories...little kids having adventures, growing up and falling in love. Other the other side a monster attacks the city cloverfield style. The kid parts are filmed in a very ET 80's cinemas style. The alien parts are modern with CGI and at times it honestly doesn't feel like you are watching the same film.

Don't even get me started on inconsistencies of this movie... like a man driving into a speeding train derailing it and SURVIVING? lol... seriously?

Super 8 feels very much like a fan made dedication to Spielberg but it just didn't quite work.

I will say the kids were excellent actors and I would have been more entertained just watching a movie about them with no alien. Elle Fanning out acted every one, even the adult cast. She proved to be an amazing young actress portraying a maturity far beyond her age. But with the other characters I had no real emotional attachment to them. I didn't feel sorry for the alien, was I supposed to?

Like I said I am simply a movie buff and to me this was not anything special. I'm surprised by all these 10/10 reviews, because this movie had nothing new that you haven't seen in 50 other films. I think it would have made 2 great separate films, where they could have taken their time to build the story. Combined though I would say wait for DVD.


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