In a small town, a group of teenagers are working on a movie when one day a train crashes into a truck where they're filming. Their camera catches something they didn't expect to see, and the one driving the truck is one of their teachers, a Mr. Woodward, but who is he really? The train wrecks havoc upon the tracks as it crashes, but they all survive, and scramble away safely just as military personnel arrive on the scene to 'contain' the incident.
What starts as a movie project turns into something much more, and after the crash weird things start happening in their small town. When their roll of film is finally developed they begin seeing the bigger picture.
Super 8 is a common film format - a somewhat misleading movie title for those who don't know. There's nothing super about this movie, though it's spooky, and exciting, and there's a little teen romance too. Despite the thriller-setting it's a pretty feelgood movie, and in the end it turns out a bit like E.T., albeit a darker; different version of it.
As the credits roll we get to see that short movie the group managed to make during the course of the actual movie, too, and it's not bad. :)
This was a pretty exciting movie, with a build-up of adventure, suspense and relations. Special effects and props are top-notch. It's produced by Spielberg, and written by J.J. Abrams, so you know what to expect. Good watch. It gets a 4 not so much because of amazing choreography or script, but because there are really no flaws. It's not spectacular in any one area, but it doesn't disappoint in any one either. All in all, it's a compelling story well-filmed.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle