J.J. Abrams' Super 8 is one of the few genre movies coming out this summer that isn't a prequel or a sequel or an adaptation or a brand extension. And the more we see of this "something freaky descends on a small town and its kid filmmakers" thriller, the more we desperately want to see it.
As a storyteller, Abrams is good at many things, but high on that list is knowing what to show and when. (Far lower is knowing how to tastefully deploy a lens flare.) So, with every subsequent look at Super 8, we get a little more information that serves to stoke our desire, but we still don't know exactly what's going on.
We get that there are a band of amateur filmmakers who inadvertently shoot a train wreck, from which something deadly escapes. That the lead kid's dad is the deputy sheriff of a small town that gets invaded by the military. And that the something deadly we spoke of makes off with pets first, and then people.
In a day and age where movie marketing usually gives away so much of the movie it's trying to market, it's refreshing to see a trailer that doesn't explain it all, but rather gives us just enough mystery to demand to know what happens next. Then again, mystery is the star that Abrams navigates by.
(via Bleeding Cool)