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It is no secret that Abrams’ work is often shrouded in mystery and filled to the brim with suspense that keeps us on the edge of our seats clinging for dear life. I have got admit first off that I never was Wholly impressed with his attempt to wow the crowd with 2008’s similar thriller, Cloverfield. Not to say it was a bad film, but I prefer a more sturdy camera… Its easier on my weak stomach.
With that out of the way, let it be known that Abrams has completely revived his spark for goosebump-inducing thrills with this action packed, suspense soaked bit of cinemagic! I went into the theatre expecting to see a terrible rendition of some H.G. Wells knock-off. I instead was treated to a rivoting performance by a young cast that portrayed a small group of adventure-seeking kids reminiscent of classic films such as 1993’s The Sandlot and 1985’s The Goonies.I was espescially surprised by the enchanting performance given by Elle Fanning who sure lived up to big sister Dakota’s star while simultaneously igniting the luster of her own. Her performance as Alice Dainard definitely rivaled (if not trumped) that of the latter Fanning’s role as Rachel Ferrier in 2005’s similar sci-fi fick War of the Worlds. Another bold new face in Hollywood belongs to Joel Courtney, who portrayed the films key protagonist Joe Lamb. I must say this young troupe is destined for stardom.
The film is not without its faults as the dialouge amongst the younger cast did sway back and forth between realistic and just plain reachy. However, this is made up for by the film’s sole dedication to thrill. the action contained within the paired hours of this film is unlike anything i’ve seen in recent memory. As we all know from the trailers that have been shown on this film, the main events are the result of lage train crash. This scene has the potential to go down in movie history as it violently commands viewer attention. Let’s just say that at no time after this did I witness anyone with enough lack of interest to leave for snacks or a restroom break.
The crash is the brightest highlight of the film’s string of action and drama. This drama includes a young love story as well as a rivalry among parents; the result of a loved one’s death which shortly predates the time at which the events of the film take place. All in all, on a scale of 1 to 10 I give this film a high 8. I will definitely be recommending this film to my suspense-seeking friends.
- DJ Combs