Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler
112 Min./ USA

It’s always interesting when something new from JJ Abrams appears. The creator of Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield and director of the Star Trek movie from 2009. When also becomes clear that Steven Spielberg is the producer, then you know you just want to see the movie. Both directors have quite some interesting movies under their belt.

The film is set in the late seventies. A group of friends is determined to finish their amateur zombie movie in time to show it at the regional film festival. With a super-8 camera in hand, a scene is shot on the picturesque platform of the local train-station. While shooting the scene a bizarre train crash takes place. What follows is an accumulation of mysterious disappearances. It soon becomes apparent that the mysterious cargo of the train has something to do with this.

Super 8 is in a sense more than a sci-fi action movie. The film shows beautifully the disturbed relationship between Joe and his father. This element is certainly an added value for the film. Furthermore, it is abundantly clear that the filmmaker is influenced by a number of films from the 70s and 80s. Think of films like ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’, but also a movie like ‘Stand By Me’. Super 8 is a great tribute to movies from this period.