Director J. J. Abrams (Director of: Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek (2009); creator of: Lost, Fringe; and writer/producer of: Cloverfield–and those are just the things I’ve seen of his that I can remember) pretty much has me eating out of the palm of his hand at this point in time. Here was a movie that was so low on my radar that I didn’t even realize it had a teaser trailer that came out until the day after the Super Bowl when they had a 30 second teaser spot that was so much better than the teaser trailer which was equally as good, but not as awesome (posted here if you haven’t seen it yet:â€œSuper 8â€³ Teaser and Super Bowl Spot); did anyone follow that?
I don’t think the teaser poster does to this movie any justice, if the movie itself is even as remotely good as the trailers have been then this is going to be one amazing summer popcorn movie; one that I will shell out the money to go see. In fact, it is disappointing seeing this poster above, it looks more like a bad direct to DVD sequel to Nic Cage’s “8MM” or something more dark then the trailer makes the movie out to be.
Even without the Amblin Entertainment image, one that I can’t remember the last time I have actually seen prominently displayed like this one, this movie brings me chills remembering the better, fun movies that Spielberg has produced over the years. And the way the kids in the movie group together is very reminiscent of a more mature and updated group ofÂ Goonies or even the kids from ET: The Extraterrestrial (which I’ve never really liked ET, Something about that little alien always bothered me). Something that is very much missing in this day and age.
Just seeing that it is a Steven Spielberg produced movie makes me think back to all the movies he has had his hand in making over the years and he has been aligning himself with the very best directors for the better part of the last four decades. From Gremlins with director Joe Dante in 1984 to The Goonies in 1985 with director Richard Donner and Back to the Future with director Robert Zemeckis to Transformers in 2007 with director Michael Bay; and that’s not counting all the endless amounts of television shows and mini-series that he has helped to produce over the years from Tiny Toons to Animaniacs to Band of Brothers and The Pacific. And those are just a few of the movies and television shows that he’s worked on. And all of them had someone who has gone on to direct, write or produce other major Hollywood blockbusters. It is no surprise to me that he would have aligned himself with J.J. Abrams.
I was a fan of Abrams simply from watching Mission: Impossible 3; the best of the series thus far, we shall see what Mission: Impossible Ghost Recon will do. And then I saw Star Trek and Fringe and I was taken aback at the eye for sci-fi and action that he had. And then I watch the entire series of Lost and he pretty much has me at his every move. After seeing the trailer posted below I’m pretty much watching anything he does.
Coming Soon.net had a great synopsis of the movie, they also were the ones to post the trailer, so I’ll link them to this too:
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 â€“ something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.Read more: The Full-Length Super 8 Trailer is Here! – ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=75138#ixzz1GJH6T78y
Watch the trailer, click on the below pic and it will take you to the trailer:
Let me know what you think, it just feels like a good ole 80’s Stephen Spielberg produced flick and the fact that it takes place in 1979 and not currently just leads to a much better overall feel for the movie. I wasn’t born or alive in 1979, so I can’t relate to these kids, but I find that to be such a simpler time then we have now and I think that is what is going to make this movie special. Something about dating the movie in the past gives the film and the story a different character all together. It doesn’t take place in the world of cell phones, internet or social networking but a time when something like this would have been kept a secret. I really look forward to seeing this and I didn’t see anything on the trailer saying it was in 3D so it definitely has my vote on that.
It also feels like M. Night Shymalan would have written something like this about a decade ago. I wish he was still producing great movies and not garbage.
Super 8 comes out June 10th and I expect it to be big.