Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Goonies, E.T. - Steven Spielberg's influence on moviemaking is unmistakable. And for
director J.J. Abrams, who grew up fixing Spielberg's old 8-mm films, the student/mentor relationship has finally culminated into
Super 8, a nostalgic sci-fi thriller involving a group of teenage friends in small town Lillian, Ohio, who set out to make a zombie
movie of their own only to stumble upon an alien event that has the whole town in a frenzy. As savvy filmmakers, the kids use the
situation as fodder for their film while curiously investigating alongside Lillian's deputy sheriff (played by Kyle Chandler). And
while Super 8 lacks some of the emotional punch and heart so masterfully orchestrated by Spielberg, it does capture some of the magic,
surprise, and excitement of his early works. A coming-of-age monster movie for the masses, Super 8 brings the thrill and awe back to
the summer Cineplex.