When you hear the phrase Dynamic Duo the first thing that comes to mind is the Dark Knight and the Boy Wonder, a.k.a. Batman and Robin. That was until this week when I went to the movies. The man who had the world “Lost” on an island scratching their heads has teamed up with “that guy” who made blockbusters out of an archeologist and an alien with a big heart to bring us one of the best stories to be told this summer. JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) wrote and directed while Steven Spielberg served as advisor and producer. What emerged was a film called “Super 8”.
Its 1979, disco is alive, the walkman is born and the world is obsessed with aliens thanks to a small film called Star Wars. This made every armature film maker grab a super 8 camera and try to make the next big film. This is exactly what the new film Super 8 is about. Following an accident at the steel plant that claimed the life of his mother Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) is now force to face life alone with his father Deputy Jack Lamb (Kyle Chandler). Both of them don’t know how to deal with each other and to hide their grief they throw themselves into their work, Jack with enforcing the law and Joe with helping his best friend Charles Kaznyck (Riley Griffiths) finish his zombie movie.
Charles is the director with Joe handling lighting and make up, while the rest of the group serves as actors and techs on the film. Charles has the bright idea to film a gripping love scene between Martin (Gabriel Basso) and Alice Dainard (Elle Fanning) at the train station just as a train is arriving. What follows is a mouth dropping, mind blowing, catastrophic train derailment that can only be the result of the geniuses at ILM (Industrial Light & Magic). After taking a quick head count that all our filmmakers are alive, something punches its way out of one of the rail cars!
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