With Joel Courtney, Zach Mills, Riley Griffiths, Elle Fanning, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee and many others.
The story about a young group of friends who are having their amateuristical turn for film making, reminded me strongly of Stranger Things, in a way of The Blair Witch Project and E.T. Blair Witch Project actually only because this group tries to film their projects themselves. They are not bad at it, mind, it’s just that their acting isn’t all there yet.
You can see the similarities with Stranger Things, as the faces of the group of friends is so well cast and so well dressed to that period of time, that it becomes believeable to be set at that time immediately.
Joel Courtney tries his best at Joe Lambs, but the script fails him a bit, here and there. Unfortunately, because you can see how he could make it work better, at least a few times.
The story, as I said, about a group of friends who accidentally film something that is crucial to some govermental department, could hand out quite a story and invites to spectacular special effects and so on. It doesn’t in that sense. It remains on the group, giving them proper time to develop and show what a merry bunch they are.
The ending wasn’t what I was expecting. I myself was a wee bit disappointed, but that’s from my point of view, you need to see it yourself. It could be, for instance, that I missed something, somehow.
I was also, though only slightly, reminded of The Lovely Bones, that film with Saoirse Ronan. Only slightly, because that film too tried to be set in a different time, and didn’t succeed to convince me, while both Stranger Things and Super 8 did.