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J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” teaser has leaked online

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Pirated copies of J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” trailer have made it online. We advise that you wait and see it on the big screen, in an actual theater, ahead of “Iron Man 2” starting today. But if you can’t wait, click here for a viral copy.

Without spoiling any specific details about the clip, here’s what we can tell you:

1. The teaser has a SERIOUS “Close Encounters” vibe to it. The pick-up truck (once you’ve seen it) looks similar to the one Richard Dreyfuss drove in Steven Spielberg’s 1977 alien thriller. And camera angles that capture the lights at a railroad crossing come off as direct nods to Spielberg’s film. Given that the uber-director is producing Abrams’ pet project, this is no real surprise.

2. The movie comes out next summer.

3. While it’s not a “Cloverfield” sequel (or prequel), it looks to be a monster movie. Yes, the monster likely is an alien, as the clip references Area 51. But something is pounding through a steel door, and the clip specifically notes, “It arrives.” What arrives? No idea. Not yet, anyway.

4. The clip raises more questions than answers. Which is the point of a tease. But what I really want to know is, “Who was driving the truck? Did they know what was on the train? Is that why they rammed it? Was it their intention to set the creature free?”

OK, I get it. That’s way more than one question. But my interest is piqued, as I’m sure yours is, too. “Super 8” news will be posted on HollywoodNews.com from now until the movie opens, one long year from now.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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