4. Soda suicides are mixtures of all fountain soda pops much the way “Super 8″ is a mix of writer-director J.J. Abrams‘ “Cloverfield” and producer Steven Spielberg‘s “Goonies,” “Jaws,” “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and a splash of George Romero.
3. The problem with suicides is they’re more fun to make than to drink and an Abrams-Spielberg team-up and “Cloverfield”-“Goonies” mash-up is better in theory than final product.
2. “Super 8″ certainly has the 1970s -era preteen misfit lifestyle down, but as an alien monster movie it’s a big shrug, especially since Abrams plays hide-the-monster in a style that is more annoying “Cloverfield” than artful “Jaws.”
1. The movie ends a lot like those old queasy sodas: instead of quenched thirst, one just held their nose, gulped it down in an effort to get it over with.
Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Genre: Science fiction-Fantasy
Director: J.J. Abrams
Cast: Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso
Finney’s Flicks Grade: C+