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WTF Is Super 8 About?

Submitted by on May 22, 2011 – 12:29 pmNo Comment

With a summer full of sure-to-be blockbusters, especially those of the comic-book persuasion, here is a big time movie without all the pomp and circumstance other films have gotten. Its title? Super 8.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by J.J. Abrams, Super 8 takes its name from the Super 8 mm film widely used decades ago to record video. The film is set in 1979 and centers around a few teenagers in a small town. The group decides to make their own film using their camera and Super 8 mm film. A train crash ensues and they all come face to face with supernatural beings they were never supposed to know about.

Abrams remains coy with the details of his new film.

“To me, all people need to know is that it’s an adventure about a small town and it’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s scary and there’s a mystery: What is this thing that has escaped? What are the ramifications of its presence? And what is the effect on people? But I know that’s not enough. Look, I feel we need a little bit of a coming-out party because we are up against massive franchises and brands and most people don’t know what ‘Super 8′ means. We’re a complete anomaly in a summer of huge films … and we don’t want to be so silent or coy that people don’t care or don’t hear about it.”

Four new trailers have been released for the film as well, and they leave us with many more questions than answers—a breath of fresh air in an era where trailers typically contain plot spoilers and some of the most memorable lines/scenes in the movies they promote. However, we still want to know what the film is really about. Too bad Abrams intends to leave us in the dark.

“As the process went along I  realized I had the potential makings of  my favorite sort of movie, which is the one that is the hardest genre to define. That because you could say—and be right—that it’s a science fiction movie; or you could say—and be right—that it’s a love story; or you could say—and be right—that it’s a comedy; or you could say—and be right—that it’s a special-effects spectacle. That sort of cocktail is for me what I love about movies…that was the beginnings of this movie coming together.”

Basically, audiences should expect a bit of everything from this film.

Super 8 will be released to theaters June 10.

Source: LA Times
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