Super 8 = Super Awesome
Great news iHGB readers! The fine folks over HERE at Flix66 have hired me to write for their website! Most of my duties will be generating Top 10 lists for a new category they are creating. And you know how I love a good list! I will post here a snippet of what I write over there probably about twice a month. This is very exciting for me, but I’m going to need your help! In the comment section, write down some fun Top 10 movie ideas you want me to write about and I’ll do my best to make it happen.
In the meantime, I thought you’d like to see what I wrote for my submission to Flix66. See my review below on Super 8 and let me know what you think.
Super 8 = Super Awesome
Contributed by: Lincee of www.iHateGreenBeans.com
I feel like I’ve been subconsciously bombarded by the random Super 8 trailers for months. Once the hard core publicity really kicked in and I paid attention enough to learn that one of my personal heroes JJ Abrams was at the helm both writing and directing with Spielberg billed as producer, the screening date was marked in my calendar with a big red circle around it. If I’m totally honest with you, I would also have to admit that I was a bit nervous that this was going to be an alien killing movie full of moments that make me scream like a little girl at a slumber party watching her first slasher flick, only to later feel a mixture of foolishness and embarrassment for choking on my gum in a particularly thrilling moment. Would this be a movie about a bunch of people racing against time to figure out the mystery behind an unknown monster as in the destructive tale of Abrams’ Cloverfield.
I’m here to say that this movie is indeed about a bunch of people racing against time to figure out the mystery behind an unknown monster as in the destructive tale of Cloverfield.
But way more entertaining.
Joe and Charles (newcomers Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths) lead a quintet of best friends who are swept up in the magic of filming a zombie movie in the summer of 1979. After sneaking out to film a pivotal scene at the train station, the ensemble witnesses a massive train crash. With strange and mysterious disappearances occurring all around their small Ohio town, the group begins to realize that perhaps this tragedy was no accident.
Returning to the scene of the crime, the group locates the camera which had been left abandoned on the platform. After our dynamic duo develops the film and discovers that they have miraculously captured the true inexplicable force that is reeking havoc, a shift occurs. The boys ready for battle and will stop at nothing to save their loved ones, their town and the integrity of their movie.
Courtney and Griffiths show extreme poise, emotion and comedic timing for being such young artists. Elle Fanning is the sole lead actress in the both the actual film and the zombie flick. At the ripe old age of 13, she commands every moment when she is on the screen. Kyle Chandler is the local police officer and channels his inner Coach Taylor standing secure in his duty and commitment to protect the citizens under his watch.
It was as all of my favorite JJ-isms were packaged into a fun, yet suspense-filled adventure. Audiences will experience the menacing unknown of Lost while being wrapped up in the thrilling adventure of Star Trek. They’ll see clever exchanges and the suspense of Alias perfectly accentuated by the emotional heart and soul of Felicity. Throw in a bit of Goonies charm, the camaraderie of the boys in Stand By Me along with the superb decade nuances of Dazed and Confused and you’ve got yourself a film that movie-goers can’t help but relate.