Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||J. J. Abrams|
|Written by||J. J. Abrams|
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$260.1 million|
Super 8 is a 2011 American science fiction monster thriller film written, co-produced, and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, and Kyle Chandler and tells the story of a group of young teenagers who are filming their own Super 8 movie when a train derails, releasing a dangerous presence into their town. The film was shot in Weirton, West Virginia and surrounding areas, masquerading as the fictional town of Lillian, Ohio.
Science-fiction film is a genre that uses speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies. Science-fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held.
Thriller film, also known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a broad film genre that involves excitement and suspense in the audience. The suspense element, found in most films' plots, is particularly exploited by the filmmaker in this genre. Tension is created by delaying what the audience sees as inevitable, and is built through situations that are menacing or where escape seems impossible.
Jeffrey Jacob Abrams is an American filmmaker. He is best known for his work in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. Abrams wrote or produced such films as Regarding Henry (1991), Forever Young (1992), Armageddon (1998), Cloverfield (2008), Star Trek (2009), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
Super 8 was released on June 10, 2011,in conventional and IMAX theaters in the United States. The film was well received, with critics praising the film for its nostalgic elements, visual effects, musical score, and for the performances of the cast, in particular, both Fanning and newcomer Courtney's acting was cited, while also being compared to such thematically similar films as E.T. , Stand by Me , and The Goonies . Super 8 was also a commercial success, grossing over $260 million against a $50 million budget. The film received several awards and nominations, primarily in technical and special effects categories, Giacchino's musical score, as well as for Courtney and Fanning's performances.
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Stand by Me is a 1986 American coming-of-age film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, and Jerry O'Connell. The film is based on Stephen King's 1982 novella The Body. Its title is derived from Ben E. King's eponymous song, which plays over the ending credits.
In 1979, Deputy Sheriff Jack Lamb of Lillian, Ohio, and his 14-year-old son Joe, mourn the death of his mother Elizabeth, who was killed in a workplace accident. Jack blames Elizabeth's co-worker, Louis Dainard, as she was covering his shift because he had a hangover. All Joe has left is a locket that belonged to her.
Four months after Elizabeth's funeral, Joe's best friend Charles Kaznyk decides to make a low-budget zombie movie for a film competition. Charles enlists the help of Preston Scott, Martin Read, and Cary McCarthy, as well as Dainard's daughter, Alice. Though their fathers would be furious, Joe and Alice become close to each other.
Charles has them film a scene at a train depot at midnight. During a rehearsal, a train approaches and Charles has them start filming as the train passes to add 'production value'. While filming, Joe witnesses a pickup truck drive onto the tracks and ram the train, causing a massive derailment that destroys the train, the depot and the surrounding area, and separates the children from each other amidst the chaos. Joe finds himself near one container, the loading door of which is violently thrown off by an unseen force. Eventually the kids regroup and wander amid the wreckage, finding crates full of strange white cubes, then discover the truck's driver is Dr. Woodward, their biology teacher. Woodward, barely alive, warns them at gunpoint to forget what they have all seen, or they and their families will be killed. The children flee the scene when a convoy from the local Air Force base, led by Col. Nelec, arrives at the scene. Nelec discovers an empty super 8 film box, and assumes the event was deliberately captured on camera.
Super 8mm film is a motion picture film format released in 1965 by Eastman Kodak as an improvement over the older "Double" or "Regular" 8 mm home movie format.
While Joe and Charles wait for their film to be developed, the town experiences strange events: All the dogs run away, several townspeople go missing, the electrical power fluctuates and electronic items are stolen. Overhearing military communications, Jack approaches Nelec to figure out what they are up to, but Nelec has him arrested. Nelec orders flamethrowers be used to start a wildfire outside the town as an excuse to evacuate people to the base. As soldiers begin the evacuation, Joe and Charles watch the derailment footage and discover that a large creature escaped from the train.
At the base, Alice's father tells Joe the creature has abducted her. Joe, Charles, Martin, and Cary convince Jen, Charles' older sister, to pretend to hit on Donny, a worker from the town camera store, so they can get into town to rescue Alice. They break into Dr. Woodward's storage trailer and discover films and documents from his time as a government researcher.
They film reveals the Air Force captured an alien when it crash-landed in 1958, and ran experiments on it while withholding its ship that is composed of the strange white cubes, allowing it to shape-shift. Woodward was one of the scientists experimenting on the alien. At one point, the alien grabbed Woodward, apparently establishing a psychic connection with him. Now understanding the alien, he was compelled to help it escape from Earth. He found out about the train, years later, and wanted to help the creature. Nelec captures the boys, but while returning them to the base, the alien attacks their bus. The boys escape as the alien attacks and kills the airmen. Meanwhile, Jack escapes from the base's stockade and gets to the shelter housing the townsfolk. Preston tells him Joe is planning to rescue Alice. Jack and Dainard agree to put their differences aside to save their kids.
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In town, the military attempts to kill the alien but their hardware goes haywire in its presence, resulting in significant collateral damage. Martin is injured, so Charles stays behind with him while Joe and Cary head to the cemetery garage, where Joe had earlier seen something suspicious. They find a massive underground cavern in which the alien is creating a device from the town's stolen electronics, attached to the base of the tower. The alien also has captured several people, including Alice, hanging unconscious from the ceiling, that it uses for food. Using Cary's firecrackers as a distraction, Joe frees Alice and the others, but the three kids are trapped. Understanding' the creature's condition, Joe steps forward. The alien grabs Joe, who quietly speaks to the alien, telling it that "bad things happen" but that the alien "can still live". The alien releases him and departs, allowing the three to return to the surface.
As Joe and Alice reunite with their fathers, people watch as various metal objects are pulled from all over town to the top of the water tower by an unknown force. The white cubes are also pulled in to reassemble the alien's spaceship, using the water tower as its base. The alien enters the spaceship and the locket is then drawn from Joe's pocket towards the tower. After a moment, he lets it go, completing the ship. As the ship rockets into space, Joe takes Alice's hand.
The final Super 8 zombie film the children were making runs at the end of the movie beside the credit roll.
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J.J. Abrams had the idea to start a film by showing a factory's "Accident-Free" sign long before he came up with the rest of the ideas for the film. Super 8 was actually the combination of two ideas; one for a film about kids making their own movie during the 1970s, and another for a blockbuster alien invasion film. Abrams combined the ideas, worried that the former would not attract enough attendance.
Abrams and Spielberg collaborated in a storytelling committee to come up with the story for the film.The film was initially reported to be either a sequel or prequel to the 2008 film Cloverfield , but this was quickly denied by Abrams. Primary photography began in fall (September/October) 2010. The teaser itself was filmed separately in April. Super 8 is the first original J. J. Abrams film project produced by Amblin Entertainment, Bad Robot Productions, and Paramount Pictures.
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Abrams wanted to find new faces to play the parts in his movie. He conducted a national talent search in order to find the child actors to play each of the leading roles. Courtney (who was hoping to land a part in a commercial) was picked out of many boys because Abrams found something "different" in him. Riley Griffiths sent Abrams a tape of himself in order to land the part of Charles.
Filming took place in Weirton, West Virginia, from September to October 2010.To promote the film, Valve Corporation created a short video game segment and released it alongside the Windows and Mac versions of Portal 2 .
Abrams' original plan was to film all of the sequences for the film-within-a-film, "The Case", in Super-8 using Pro8mm stock and cameras. However, this approach proved unsuccessful, as visual effects house Industrial Light and Magic found it impossible to integrate CGI into the footage due to the format's graininess. For sequences involving CGI, cinematographer Larry Fong used Super-16 instead.
|Film score by|
|Released||August 2, 2011|
|Michael Giacchino chronology|
The score for the film was composed by Michael Giacchino, Abrams' long-time collaborator. The soundtrack was released on August 2, 2011, by Varèse Sarabande. It won the 2012 Saturn Award for Best Music.
During the ending credits, the songs "Don't Bring Me Down" by Electric Light Orchestra and "My Sharona" by The Knack are featured. The Blondie song "Heart of Glass" and The Cars song "Bye Bye Love" are also featured in the film.
All music composed by Michael Giacchino (although track 33, "The Case", is credited on the liner notes to the film character Charles Kaznyk).
|6.||"Thoughts of Cubism"||0:48|
|7.||"We'll Fix It in Post-Haste"||0:44|
|9.||"Train of Thought"||0:35|
|10.||"Circle Gets the Cube"||1:06|
|11.||"Breen There, Ate That"||1:12|
|12.||"Dead Over Heels"||0:48|
|13.||"Gas and Go"||1:34|
|14.||"Looking for Lucy"||0:49|
|18.||"Thoughts of Mom"||1:41|
|19.||"Woodward Bites It"||1:54|
|20.||"Alice Projects on Joe"||2:29|
|21.||"Neighborhood Watch — Fail"||4:45|
|22.||"The Evacuation of Lillian"||3:40|
|23.||"A Truckload of Trouble"||0:57|
|24.||"Lambs on the Lam"||2:40|
|25.||"Woodward's Home Movies"||2:40|
|27.||"Air Force HQ or Bust"||1:04|
|28.||"World's Worst Field Trip"||3:36|
|29.||"The Siege of Lillian"||2:57|
|32.||"Super 8 Suite"||5:54|
Like Cloverfield , an earlier J. J. Abrams-produced film, Super 8 was promoted through an extensive viral marketing campaign. The first trailer for the movie was attached to Iron Man 2 , released in May 2010. The trailer gave the premise of a section of Area 51 being closed down in 1979 and its contents being transported by freight train to Ohio. A pickup truck drives into the oncoming train, derailing it, and one of the carriages is smashed open while a Super 8 camera films. Fans analyzing the trailer found a hidden message, "Scariest Thing I Ever Saw", contained in the final frames of the trailer. This led to a website, www.scariestthingieversaw.com, which simulated the interface of a PDP-11 and contained various clues to the film's story-line; the computer was eventually revealed to belong to Josh Woodward, the son of Dr. Woodward, who is trying to find out what happened to his father. Another viral website, www.rocketpoppeteers.com, was also found, which like Slusho from Cloverfield plays no direct part in the film but is indirectly related. The official Super 8 website also contained an "editing room" section, which asked users to find various clips from around the web and piece them together. When completed, the reel makes up the film found by the kids in Dr. Woodward's trailer, showing the ship disintegrating into individual white cubes, and the alien reaching through the window of its cage and snatching Dr. Woodward. The video game Portal 2 contains an interactive trailer placing the player on board the train before it derails, and showing the carriage being smashed open and the roar of the alien within.
The film was released on June 9, 2011, in Australia; June 10, 2011, in the United States; and August 5, 2011, in the United Kingdom.On June 8, Paramount also launched a “Super 8 Sneak Peek” Twitter promotion, offering fans a chance to purchase tickets for an advance screening, taking place on June 9, 2011, in the United States. The film opened at #1 in the U.S. Box Office for that weekend, grossing about $35 million.
The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 22, 2011.The release was produced as a combo pack with a Digital Copy, including nine bonus features and fourteen deleted scenes.
Super 8 had a production budget of $50 million. It was commercially released on June 10, 2011. In the United States and Canada, it opened in 3,379 theaters and grossed over $35.4 million on its opening weekend, ranking first at the box office. The film grossed $127 million in North America with a worldwide total of some $260 million.
Super 8 received positive reviews from critics. On the film-critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a score of 81%, based on 283 reviews, and a rating average of 7.35/10, with the consensus that: "it may evoke memories of classic summer blockbusters a little too eagerly for some, but Super 8 has thrills, visual dazzle, and emotional depth to spare."Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from 1–100 to reviews from critics, assigned the film a Metascore of 72 based on 41 critics, signifying "generally favorable reviews".
Chris Sosa of Gather gave the film an A rating, calling it, "a gripping and exciting tale of finding one's place in the world amidst tragedy". His review concluded, "While the genre-bending occasionally unsettles, the film's genuine and emotionally gripping nature make its journey believable."
Roger Ebert gave the film 3½ stars out of 4 and said, "Super 8 is a wonderful film, nostalgia not for a time but for a style of film-making, when shell-shocked young audiences were told a story and not pounded over the head with aggressive action. Abrams treats early adolescence with tenderness and affection." – a tank trundling through a children's playground, a plot-pivotal landmark framed in the distance through a small hole in a bedroom wall – marking him as a born storyteller". Christopher Orr of The Atlantic called it a "love letter to a cinematic era", while Claudia Puig of USA Today praised it as "a summer blockbuster firing on all cylinders".Richard Corliss of Time gave it a similarly positive review, calling it "the year's most thrilling, feeling mainstream movie". He then named it one of the Top 10 Best Movies of 2011. Jamie Graham of Total Film gave the film a perfect five-star rating, saying, "like Spielberg, Abrams has an eye for awe, his deft orchestration of indelible images
Critics and audiences alike were polarized on the film's ending. Some found it to be emotional, powerful, and satisfying while others found it rushed and forced. For example, writing for MUBI's Notebook, Fernando F. Croce alleged that "no film this year opens more promisingly and ends more dismally than J.J. Abrams' Super 8."Other critics commented negatively on the film's frequent homages to early works of Spielberg, particularly in its depiction of broken families (a theme Spielberg has explored in nearly all of his films). For example, CNN's Tom Charity felt that "Abrams' imitation [was] a shade too reverent for [his] taste." David Edelstein, of New York magazine, called it a "flagrant crib," adding that "Abrams has probably been fighting not to reproduce Spielberg's signature moves since the day he picked up a camera. Now, with the blessing of the master, he can plagiarize with alacrity."
|List of awards and nominations|
|Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result|
|4th Annual Coming of Age Awards||Best Newcomer||Joel Courtney||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Larry Fong||Won|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association||Best Picture||Nominated|
|SFX Awards||Best Film||Nominated|
|Best Director||J. J. Abrams||Nominated|
|10th Annual TSR Awards||Actress of the Year (Multiple Roles)||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Best Visuals: Special Effects||Nominated|
|38th Saturn Awards||Best Science Fiction Film||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Joel Courtney||Won|
|Best Performance by a Younger Actor||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Best Director||J. J. Abrams||Won|
|Best Writing||J. J. Abrams||Nominated|
|Best Music||Michael Giacchino||Won|
|Best Editing||Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey||Nominated|
|Best Special Effects||Nominated|
|48th Annual CAS Awards||Best Sound Mixing||Nominated|
|2011 BAM Awards||Best Picture||Nominated|
|Best Director||J. J. Abrams||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Larry Fong||Nominated|
|Best Original Screenplay||J. J. Abrams||Won|
|Best Editing||Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey||Nominated|
|Best Score||Michael Giacchino||Won|
|Best Sound Editing/Mixing||Won|
|Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|Best Youth Ensemble||Nominated|
|Best Performance by a Child Actress in a Leading Role||Elle Fanning||Won|
|Best Performance by a Child Actor in a Leading Role||Joel Courtney||Won|
|Best Performance by a Child Actor in a Supporting Role||Ryan Lee||Won|
|Best Young Actor/Actress||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|17th Empire Awards||Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Nominated|
|Best Female Newcomer||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|2011 St. Louis Film Critics Association Awards||Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Editing||Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey||Nominated|
|Best Ensemble Acting||Won|
|Best Original Score||Michael Giacchino||Nominated|
|Best Youth Performance — Male||Joel Courtney||Nominated|
|Best Youth Performance — Female||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Performance — On Camera||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|2011 Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Best Original Score||Michael Giacchino||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Dennis Muren, Kim Libreri, Paul Kavanagh, Russell Earl||Nominated|
|Best Sound (Editing & Mixing)||Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Ben Burtt, Mark Ulano, Matthew Wood, and Tom Johnson||Nominated|
|2011 Scream Awards|
|The Ultimate Scream||Nominated|
|Best Science Fiction Movie||Won|
|Best Director||J. J. Abrams||Nominated|
|Best Scream-Play||J. J. Abrams||Won|
|Breakout Performance — Female||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Holy Sh!t Scene Of The Year||The Train Crash||Nominated|
|2011 Teen Choice Awards|
|Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Nominated|
|Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Choice Male Breakout Star||Joel Courtney||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer||Riley Griffiths||Nominated|
|Choice Movie: Chemistry||Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills||Nominated|
|Choice Hissy Fit||Bruce Greenwood||Nominated|
|2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards|
|Best Action Movie||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor/Actress||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Golden Reel Awards||Music in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film||Won|
|Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film||Nominated|
|Hollywood Film Festival||Spotlight Award||Elle Fanning||Won|
|YouReviewer Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Actor||Joel Courtney||Nominated|
|33rd Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actor||Joel Courtney||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film — Supporting Young Actor||Zach Mills||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a Feature Film — Young Ensemble Cast||Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso and Britt Flatmo||Nominated|
|2012 MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Performance||Elle Fanning||Nominated|
In addition to these awards, the film was short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effectsand Best Original Score, and the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. Paramount submitted it for several considerations for the BAFTAs including Best Film, Best Director (J. J. Abrams), Best Original Screenplay, Leading Actor (Kyle Chandler), Supporting Actress (Elle Fanning), Supporting Actor (Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich), Cinematography, Production Design, Editing, Costume Design, Original Music, Sound, Makeup and Hair, and Special Visual Effects.
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Cloverfield is an American science fiction horror anthology film series and media franchise created and produced by J. J. Abrams consisting of three films, viral marketing websites linking the films together and a tie-in manga to the first film titled Cloverfield/Kishin (2008), set in a shared fictional universe referred to as the "Cloververse". The franchise as a whole deals with creatures from other dimensions attacking Earth throughout various decades, all as a repercussion of an experiment by an astronaut team aboard the Cloverfield Station in outer-space. Each film depicts the reality-altering effects of their study, which was meant to find a new energy source replacing the planet's depleted resources, only to open portals for assault from various beasts from deep space.
The Cloverfield Paradox is a 2018 American science fiction horror film directed by Julius Onah and written by Oren Uziel, from a story by Uziel and Doug Jung, and produced by J. J. Abrams's Bad Robot Productions. It is the third installment in the Cloverfield franchise, following Cloverfield (2008) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016). The film stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Zhang Ziyi, and follows an international group of astronauts aboard a space station who, after using a particle accelerator to try to solve Earth's energy crisis, must find a way home after accidentally traveling to an alternate dimension.
The Post is a 2017 American historical political thriller film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, and written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. It stars Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the executive editor of The Washington Post, with Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Alison Brie, and Matthew Rhys in supporting roles. Set in 1971, The Post depicts the true story of attempts by journalists at The Washington Post to publish the Pentagon Papers, classified documents regarding the 30-year involvement of the United States government in the Vietnam War.
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