Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Super 8 - a Tea Party kind of science fiction


We know we are in trouble when SF starts looking to the past rather than the future. This is a movie that shamelessly rips off all the 70s SF blockbusters: "Alien", "Aliens", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". It does so openly, as a pastiche and homage to the classics. But it ends up as a nostalgia sob-fest, with all the emotional depth of a wading pool, appropriate for its tween protagonists. Even its technically accomplished visuals look second-hand. And beyond all this trip down the memory lane lies a conspiracy-theory parable of the big, bad government herding small-town Americans into concentration camps. Tea Party, anybody?

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