Super 8

Kids will be kids, right? Though these kids were more or less your average small town American kids, they had developed a hobby. The group wanted to make a zombie movie for a film contest. In searching for a good out of the way place to film a night scene, they wander over to the local train station. As if by fate, a train barrels into the area, and the kids take the opportunity to use it as a backdrop. When a truck shows up out of nowhere, slams itself into the front of the train, and causes a spectacular wreck, the kids are running for their lives - their camera however fell to the ground and kept filming. Only after this do the strange happenings begin....

If you're looking for a bit of a change of pace in the movie season, look no further. While Super 8 may on the surface appear to be a ho-hum waste of your time at the theater, you'll be in for quite a treat. As it turns out, the train was a military transport carrying classified cargo. What that cargo is or was, the military will not say. One of the kids involved in the film is the town deputy's son and through this we see the back and forth you might expect from the local authorities who just want to know what the hell is going on. It isn't long before odd things begin happening, strange calls come into the police station, and power outages begin being reported in several surrounding counties. All the while, the kids continue filming and use the disaster, the military, and all the other happenings as backdrop for their project.

The story is set in 1979 in a small town nowhere in particular. As such, there aren't a lot of high tech special effects, but this turns out to be a good thing as the time period sets the mood for everything perfectly. The story is told mainly from the perspective of the kids and as such doesn't get into a lot of inappropriate situations, but don't let the critics fool you. This is no cheesy rehash of Goonies either. You will need to pay attention to what's going on in order to keep up. The devil's in the details on this one.

Over all, it's well worth taking the time out to go see this one. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I know I was.

On the Horizon

There's still not much different in the coming line up yet. They're finally running Harry Potter trailers, and the final chapter looks insanely good. The same can be said for the trailers for Green Lantern. The more they show, the more I'm convinced that one is next in line. The more I see of Cowboys and Aliens the more I'm warming up to seeing that too, you've got another month to raise my opinion of you, so try harder!
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on Jun 11, 2011 11:32 pm by Samson in: | 1 comment(s) [Closed]
Damn its been quiet here, do you need The Fury to troll it up and make a noise?

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