Writer-director-producer JJ Abrams followed his Star Trek reboot with this blend of sci-fi thriller and emotionally engaging first-romance story, starring Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning. It’s 1979 and 12-year-old Joe (Courtney) and his friend Charles (Riley Griffiths), who owns an 8mm movie camera, are secretly making a zombie flick for their local film festival. They’ve roped 14-year-old Alice (Fanning) into their project and she proves to be both an excellent actor and a romantic focus for the two boys. However, one night when the young moviemakers sneak out to film a key scene, they witness – and record – a spectacular train crash. But there’s more to the incident than meets the eye, which becomes clear when the military suddenly appear on the scene, and a number of strange events take place in the event’s aftermath. And, as they investigate, the children begin to piece together the terrifying truth about what has happened.
Super 8 – Saturday 11.40pm on Channel 4