Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney) is a young teenager who’s struggling to deal with the sudden death of his mother in a factory accident.
Not being able to immediately upload or digitally edit the films you’ve shot may seem an abomination in an era that prizes instantaneity, but, as Abrams shows, it makes possible a drama of conjecture and speculation.
Periods of technological change breed all sorts of fears.
Cold War sci-fi from the Fifties; George Romero zombie flicks; Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind; the huge shadow archive of scratchy, homemade pictures created by cine-enthusiasts who dreamed of being of Romero and Spielberg: Super 8 is the sweetest film of 2011, an affectionate shout-out to amateurs everywhere.
The year is 1979, the setting small-town Ohio, and the mood one of anxiety.
Worse still, he’s very much taken with Alice (Elle Fanning), older than him and co-star of the zombie picture he’s making with porky Charles (Riley Griffiths).