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Super 8 Review

Super 8 is movie about a group of kids who, while recording there own short film on a super 8 camera, witness a train being derailed.  Then, something that was being transported on the train escapes and the Air Force try to cover it up. 

The story takes place in 1979 and is reminiscent of old Spielberg movies, namely E.T., Close Encounters and The Goonies.  The plot is effectively split in two, there is the fun heartfelt story about kids growing up and learning to deal with loss and there’s the monster roaming around attacking people.  Though you may not think they would, the too actually blend together quite nicely.  After the train crash, the monster and the children are kept separate for a while.  As the children learn more about the creature the two stories combine, but the time apart gives plenty of room for character development.

When you care about the characters in a film, then it’s a good film and by that logic Super 8 is a good film.  Its character driven, you can relate to them and they feel like real people.  Some of the actors, including the kid who plays the main character, have never been in a movie before.  You really wouldn’t know, because they all do a great job.  One of the best storylines in the film is Joe, the main character, dealing with the death his mother, which had nothing to do with the creature.  The actor, Joel Courtney, did an excellent job.  It’s a very emotional story and he’s new to acting, but he was great and will no doubt be starring in many more films, as will the rest of the kids, who were also great.

Now on to the monster, which I won’t give away too much about.  One thought that popped into my head was that the film felt like a 70s version of Cloverfield.  Abrams said that he was trying to make homage to classic Spielberg films, but you can see his style is in there too.  This part of the story was slowly explained to the characters, and the audience, then finally, when everything is clear, the too come together and each story completes the other.  I’d love to go into more detail, but to avoid major spoilers I won’t.

The effects are fantastic.  The train crash scene was amazing and the monster blended in with the real world quite nicely, not perfectly but it worked.  All and all the film is entertaining and will leave you with a smile on your face feeling like a kid again.  I strongly recommend seeing it, though be careful bringing kids because, though it may seem like its kid friendly, it has parts that aren’t, but if you want a funny, action packed, heartfelt, intriguing, fun adventure then this is the film for you.

What do you think?  Have you seen the movie?  Did you like it?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.

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Scream 4 (Scre4m) Review No Spoilers

After ten years of safety, Sidney, Dewey and Gale must once again race against time to figure out who the killer is before it’s too late.

Today I went to see Scream 4 (Scre4m).  I was so nervous it would be sold out that I rushed to the cinema over an hour in advanced and had to wait around after buying my ticket.  There ended up only being around twenty people in the cinema.  Am I mad about it?  No, because the movie was amazing.

It’s tradition for a Scream movie to start by killing off someone famous in a really cool opening death sequence.  This time they took it a step further; reminding fans that there’s still some comedy left in the franchise.  From the get go, you can really feel just how much thought and effort has gone into this film.

A lot has happened between the third and fourth movies.  Sidney has written a book about how to stop being a victim, Dewey has become sheriff and Gale’s given up being a reporter and is suffering from writer’s block which is preventing her starting her new book.  As the film opens, Sidney is returning to Woodsboro, were Dewey and Gale are living, as part of her book tour.  Arriving back in her home town brings on more nostalgia than she’d have liked as killings begin yet again.

The movie was extremely well done and I honestly didn’t see the end coming.  I suspected nearly everyone at one stage or another.  The theme of the film is remakes/reboots.  If sales go well this is planned to be the start of a new trilogy.  Though the movie isn’t actually a reboot, if you look out, you won’t need to look very hard, you’ll notice that some elements are reminiscent of the original films.  As a fan of the first three, this sense of déjà vu was very much appreciated. 

They did a great job missing the new with the old, as both generations of the story pieced together very well.  It’s been a long time since the first movies and the rules have changed.  Forget virgins surviving and black people dying first, the new rules are simple basically the only way to survive is by being gay.

Revisiting the original trio is great and it’s clear that Sidney really has stopped being a victim.  She’s a fighter now, but will it be enough to ensure her survival yet again?  What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. 

If you want to watch the film without any spoilers I recommending seeing it as soon as possible as the identity of the killer has already leaked onto the web.  I managed to avoid finding out and it made the film much more enjoyable.

Just wanted to put this on the end, I’ve seen the third Scream movie many times and didn’t realise this until my friend said it when we re-watched it last night.  The film ends in a cliff-hanger; what movie are they going to watch?  It never says and they didn’t even answer it in the fourth one.