Release Date: June 10, 2011
Director: J.J. Abrams
Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Joel Courtney
Runtime: 112 min
Tagline: It arrives.
Plot: During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
Quick Thoughts review.
- A problem with this one is the expectations of it. A lot of people were expecting pure gold, and the results are a tad sub par. What you get isn’t quite pure gold, but it is somewhere between a fine silver and a fine silver with some dashes of gold. I wasn’t one of those people who had anticipated this, so my low expectations were exceeded
- The finale really isn’t incredible, it’s only pretty good
- The young stars (particularly Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning) and old stars do quite well
- I only liked a select few characters, like Charles, even though he was pretty irritating
- It’s well-cast like The Goonies, but the unlike that film, most the characters aren’t anything special
- There are great homages to 1980s Steven Spielberg – it has elements of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and The Goonies. There’s a great sense of 80s nostalgia for the 2011 season. The atmosphere is quite great. There’s fine elements of science fiction and a bit of horror
- There are spikes of poignancy within the character development
- The cinematography is fine
- It’s a pretty awesome science fiction mystery that is quite memorable