While half of Sydney's moviegoing population will be lining up to see films at the Sydney Film Festival, the other half will be flocking to see J.J Abrams' new flick, Super 8. While it looks to be one of the most original blockbusters of the season, and certainly the one I have been looking forward to the most, early reports are that it is a thoughtful, ambitious and entertaining film which feels like a nostalgic homage to the Spielberg classics of the 70's and 80's. The only other release this week is Oranges and Sunshine.
Super 8 - Writer/director J.J Abrams teams up with producer Steven Spielberg for this period sci-fi thriller set in the late '70's, and centering on a mysterious train crash in a small Ohio town. Summer, 1979: a group of young friends are filming a Super-8 movie when a pickup truck derails a speeding train. When the locals start to disappear and even the inquisitive deputy can't come up with answers, suspicions emerge that the incident was anything but an accident. As the truth finally begins to emerge, no one is prepared to learn what now stalks the unsuspecting citizens of this once quiet community. The teaser trailer was great, and this cast of talented youngsters reminds one of the magic of E.T. I'm sure this is one that can't be missed.
Oranges and Sunshine - Tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. One hundred and thirty thousand children in care had been sent abroad to Commonwealth countries, mainly Australia. They were promised oranges and sunshine, instead they got hard labour and life in institutions. Im sure it is powerful, and i'm sure the performances will be good (Hugo Weaving, David Wenham co-star), but I have been told it is rather dull.
My Recommendation: Super 8