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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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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super 8 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

Gross USA:

$127,004,179

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$260,095,986
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While discussing his movie, The Case, Charles Kaznyk addresses the importance of its potential "production value" a total of four times, including when he shouts the words (before the initial filming of the train station scene). The only other character who addresses this topic is Cary who urges Charles to "stop talking about production value." See more »

Goofs

When Joe and Cary are running through the tunnel with a sparkler in Joe's right hand (1:30:45 to 1:30:47), the sparkler in the next shot is in his left hand (at around 1h 30 mins). See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

After the end credits finish rolling and the Knack's My Sharona simultaneously finishes playing, a small piece of Michael Giacchino's score begins to play over a black screen and then end over the Paramount logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

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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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Don't Bring Me Down
Written by Jeff Lynne
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Publishing
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Spielberg's and Abrams' outstanding cooperation
26 June 2011 | by hollo-peterSee all my reviews

I remember being only one of the handful of people in Budapest who wanted to see this film in original version (i.e. English audio, no subtitles) on one hot Friday evening in the summer of 2011. It is a shame everything gets dubbed in cinemas in Hungary these days. Nevertheless, it is lucky for us that there is always a place somewhere in the capital where the theatre shows American films in the form they were intended to be presented to the audience.

The movie takes place in 1979, if I am not mistaken. As one could expect from Mr Spielberg the era is presented meticulously. Movie posters here and there, kid listening to his Walkman, old cars driven on the streets and of course the children trying to shoot their dream movie with the use of a Super 8 camera.

I do not remember when was the last time I saw children acting superbly. Although the main character's father, the deputy in the town, has a vital role, as well, he is not in the focus and we are more interested in seeing the kids' struggle to finish the film even after the derailment of a train and the subsequent appearance of the US Air Force.

I am not lying to you: I was afraid Spielberg would not be enough to make it a successful movie and J.J Abrams would only mess up the story. If you think about it: Cloverfeld meets the Extra Terrestrial? Come on!

Yet, it works! It is a wonderful piece of work which, yes, most of the time reminds us of the small alien who wanted to go home but it's been almost 30 years since then so should it really be a concern that someone tries to borrow elements from a successful movie?

I was stuck to my seat the whole time and was eagerly waiting for the end of a wonderful journey. If you did not like the trailer there is no point in ruining your evening. However, if you did like it and E.T. was something that makes you remember your childhood vividly, give it a try, you will not regret it!

I give it a solid 8 out of 10. Well done, guys! Hope to see the result of your further cooperation sometime in the future.


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