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
The only film directed by J.J. Abrams to not be shot by his frequent cinematographer Dan Mindel. See more »
Dr. Woodward uses his truck to ram the train. Considering that the train was made up from several multi-ton train cars going about 50 mph, the truck should have been completely obliterated in the collision and the doctor killed on impact. The truck as seen by the kids, hits the train head on. After the crash, the kids find the truck with only the some of the right side of the truck demolished and Dr. Woodward injured but still alive. See more »
It is nostalgia ridden like many other films have been this past decade, the only difference is it's not of the cynical kind.
The film's narrative FELT all over the place (probably more the plot than the narrative) - there was a certain tightness missing from this that was present in J.J. Abrams' previous film but, other than that, everything else did exactly what it's supposed to. The kids are both engaging and entertaining, the monster turns out to be quite frightening, the dialogue's great, the acting's great, visual effects, cinematography- everything's on point.
It felt like I was watching a proper film! I mean it seems too much to ask for from our blockbusters these days.
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