IN SUPER 8, JJ Abrams’s love letter to the Steven Spielberg films that inspired him as a kid, a chubby would-be director, Charles (Riley Griffiths), keeps running around his small Ohio home town, framing its cul-desacs and tract homes with his hands and calling for “more production value”.
It’s 1979 and Charles is shooting his own zombie movie, and he has recruited his friends as cast and crew. The movie- within-a-movie scenes are the best parts of Super 8. While Charles and his team are filming, they inadvertently record a horrific accident that draws the attention of the US military.
Make-up/sound/specialeffects guy Joe (Joel Courtney) is convinced that something is afoot. He finds support in Alice (Elle Fanning).
DVD extras: commentary by Abrams, producer Bryan Burk and cinematographer Larry Fong; behind-the-scenes featurettes. – Washington Post