Super 8 (2011)

Feature Film | Sci-Fi Thriller | USA | English | 1h52m
Dir: J.J. Abrams | Scr: J.J. Abrams | Ph: Larry Fong | Prod: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Steven Spielberg | Mus: Michael Giacchino | Ed: Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey | PD: Martin Whist | AD: David Scott | Cast: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills

A group of friends, illicitly filming an amateur zombie movie at the local train station, witness a devastating derailment, which unleashes onto their tiny rural town a mysterious monster, and come to play a large part in the devastating events that follow, in Abrams’s entertaining Spielbergian sci-fi thriller. Well-drawn characters and good juvenile performances combine well to lift it above most films of its ilk.