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Saturday, June 11, 2011

A hybrid of coming of age film and science fiction movie -- Super 8 Movie Review

Potato On-the-Go:

For the children of the 80s, I bet you still remember ET and Mac and Me, movies that dealt with kid's adventures with admirable alien life form.  But Super 8 is far from this genre of films.

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a movie with a Super 8 mm film camera [ now you know why it's entitled Super 8 =D ].  They suspect it was not 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.

Super 8's Official Movie Trailer

Directed by J.J. Abrams from his original script, the Amblin Entertainment and Bad Robot Production film is produced by Steven Spielberg, Abrams and Bryan Burk.  The film's cast include Joel Courtney as Joe Lamb,  Elle Fanning as Alice Dainard, Kyle Chandler as Jackson Lamb, Ron Eldard as Louis Dainard, Riley Griffiths as Charles Kaznyk, Gabriel Basson as Martin, Ryan Lee as Carey, Zach Mills as Preston, Noah Emmerich as Colonel Nelec, and Amanda Michalka as Jen Kaznyk.

Super 8 is a coming of age movie sprinkled with suspense and science fiction.  The film started setting the mood that the characters are entangled with family concerns and personal issues.  The screenplay though was able to weave these realities with the super natural events that took place and challenged not only the lives of the main characters and their families (and friends), but of the whole town as well.

Super 8 is an entertaining movie and a nice watch for the whole family and friends.  It is a movie of different genres, a hybrid of a coming of age film and a science fiction movie.  We should first take the ride and try to enjoy the movie as it is really a roller coaster ride of emotion..  At first, it moved us through the children who tried coping up and enjoying life despite their family's ordeals.  Then it inspired us with the kids who pursued their passion (film making for this story) despite the risks and difficulties.  It also frightened us with the mysterious incidents that hit the town.  And then it transported us to our adolescence with the young kids exploring life, friendships and relationships.  Lastly, it ignited us with all the action and blasts and explosions brought about by the clash between humans and an unknown being. 

The characters' quest to produce their own zombie movie, as well as their amusing personalities and interaction with one another, kept the audience glued to the story while the suspense of the revelation of the unknown being plus the suspicious incidents happening built up the movie goers' curiosity and interest to the film.  Their film project, could be classified as B movie, made the audience really laugh hard.  It's such a bonus treat, imagine, you can see two movies in one ticket?  =D

The film's sound is excellent!  Through Ayala Cinema's sound technology, the explosions, destruction, breaking of glass and metals, screams, and other shocking occurrences sound very real.  Set design, costume and props are consistent and loyal to the setting (late 70s) and editing is almost seamless.  Special effects of course is exceptional.

The movie though started slow and the build up of suspense towards the climax took a while.  The film devoted a lot of time dealing with the inter-human concerns and a little less on the inter-life form conflicts.  It coped up though with the powerful reveal of the supposed antagonist in the story and how the film is concluded.

As the film dealt with kids as leads, the main characters did a lot of extraordinary things which normal kids may not be able to do (e.g. like how the kids easily went down to an alien excavated tunnel and how they managed to break in to a locked school building).  Well, the characters in a way showed that they're not our usual kids and sometimes, challenging situations can give the adrenalin rush to make the impossible, possible!  Agree?  =D  And besides, this is somehow a kiddie adventure film, we are in their world!  So let's respect their temple.  =)

Well, I think Super 8, with all the conflicts, powerful scenes and special effects, wants to share one message -- Respect for One Another.  The movie reflected how the loss of respect between a neighbor to another neighbor, a parent to his child, a child to his parent, an institution to another institution, a life form to another life form, can affect the world we live in.

From a scale of 1 to 10 claps, I'm giving Super 8 an explosive 7!

Produced by Amblin Entertainment/Bad Robot Production and distributed locally by Solar Entertainment Corporation and United International Pictures, Solar 8 opens in theaters on June 10.

Special thanks to Solar Entertainment Corporation, United International Pictures and Ayala Cinemas for the awesome premiere screening.  Solar 8 is also showing in the following Ayala Cinemas: Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3, Trinoma, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Cebu, Marquee Mall and Abreeza.  You may also log on to www.sureseats.com to reserve or purchase tickets.

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