JJ Abrams Super 8 Spawns Critic Love Fest

In Hollywood, it is rare surprise to see a majority of film critics get together to gush over anyfilm, much less a sci-fi monster thriller, even if it is written & directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. It seems that Super 8 just happens to be one of those special films that not only looks damn cool in the trailers, but actually lives up to those trailers in the theater.

Elle Fanning & Joel Courtney in Super 8, Source: Paramount Pictures

Super 8, starring Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Aj Michalka and Kyle Chandler, is set for release this Friday in both normal and IMAX versions. The movie focuses on a group of teenagers who witness a train crash while making a movie with a Super 8mm camera. Turns out the train was moving materials previously stored at Area 51 to a new location. After the crash, disappearances and all sorts of strange things start happening around town. The Scooby Doo kids, of course, become involved in the mystery of figuring out what is going on.

Roger Moore of the Orlando Sentinel has already called the film “one of those jaw-dropping out-of-body summer entertainments that kids old enough to swear and see PG-13 films will remember on into adulthood.” The luminary Robert Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times calls Super 8 a “wonderful film” and describes it as “like seeing a lost early Spielberg classic.” That’s a serious kind of compliment for any film, but we’re talking about a monster movie set in 1979 — a time period and subject matter that doesn’t really scream “jaw-dropping” at first glance. Now, that’s impressive.

According to ratings compiler RottenTomatoes.com, Super 8 has so far garnered an average ratings score of 83% among critics. Time magazine critic Richard Corliss calls Super 8 a “scary, artful thriller” and that’s saying something, because Corliss isn’t afraid to bash with the best of them.

So, our conclusion? Get the hell out there and see this movie because it looks like it’s going to be a blast!

JJ Abrams Super 8 Trailer Video Leaked Online

No one was supposed to see the top secret Super 8 trailer video for the new project from J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg unless they were headed to the Iron Man 2 premiere this weekend. The Super 8 trailer was supposed to be a surprise aired during the previews for the new Iron Man sequel. Instead, the Super 8 video was leaked in advance to the Net for all to enjoy.
Super 8 (Paramount)
Super 8 (Paramount)

The super secret JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg project has been the subject of a massive swirl of rumors in the last few days. Few details about the project have come to light so far. Until last night, when the trailer for Super 8 aired in the previews for Iron Man 2 at the film’s midnight premiere.

But before most people saw the Super 8 trailer in the theaters, the video was already spreading across the Net. Which frankly, we’re sure doesn’t displease Abrams or Spielberg. Viral videos are the movie industry’s not-so-secret weapon in the modern Internet age. Heck, half the time the studios leak this stuff themselves!

For those who haven’t yet seen the Super 8 trailer video leaked online, you can check it out below – for as long as it lasts. We apologize if it gets taken down, we’ll try to find another source if it does.

Hints of an alien monster, train crashes, explosions, Area 51 – we can’t wait to see more about Super 8 soon. This trailer still leaves us with far more questions than answers about this mysterious movie. Regardless, the brief trailer does certainly leave us wanting more!  Too bad we’ll have to wait until next summer to actually see it.

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