It’s not a secret that J.J. Abrams has a unique advertising style, considering the first Cloverfield trailer didn’t even give the film’s title. This time Abrams has refused to give any details of the plot of his latest film, Super 8. However the trailer does give enough information for people to form conclusions, hopefully wrong ones.
The trailer shows a train, which is transporting material from area 51, being derailed when it collides with a car. Then the side of one of the train cars is burst off by something. It does not explain why the creature inside needed the train to be stationary before it could escape. However we do learn that the film is set in 1979, which is the same year Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq (just a random fact, probably won’t come up in the film, but might you never know with Abrams).
When the trailer was first released, rumours began to spread that this movie was a sequel (or prequel) to, 2008, Cloverfield. Abrams has since come forward to say that this is not true. The film will pay homage to Steven Spielberg and the science fiction films that he made in the 70s and 80s.
No big name actors have been cast in the film, which is always a good thing in my eyes. The film stars Elle Fanning, younger sister of Dakota Fanning, Amanda Michalka, AJ from former band Aly & AJ, and Kyle Chandler. The relationship between the characters has not been revealed; in fact we haven’t even been given their names yet.
The secrecy surrounding the film really adds to the, normally painful, waiting process. The movie is scheduled to hit cinemas on the 10th of June 2011. By then we may know a little more about the plot, then again we may not. If you’re a Super Bowl fan, you’ll be happy to know that a new 30 second trailer will be airing during one of the commercial breaks. Getting this trailer to air during the Super Bowl cost Paramount $3 million, so they better make the most of that time.
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