Super 8

Super 8

The alien movie has been back in force so far this 2011 and the extra-terrestrial is set to cause havoc once again this week in Super 8.

The movie marks the return to the director's chair of JJ Abrams, the last movie he directed was Star Trek back in 2009.

So to celebrate the release of the film we take look at the alien movies that have graced the big screen so far this year.

I Am Number Four

I Am Number Four was a big screen adaptation of the popular novel by Pittacus Lore and saw D.J Caruso back in the director's chair for the first time in two years.

The movie brings together a cast of experience and youth as Timothy Olyphant teams up with Alex Pettyfer, Teresa Palmer and Dianna Agron.

I Am Number Four is a solid addition to the alien genre, even if it was not greeting too kindly by the critics.

But, lets be fair, this movie is aimed at a teenage market so it was not going to appeal to all. But there's a bit of romance, danger, action and good CGI that works well for it's target audience - even if we feel like we have seen it all before

Battle Los Angeles

Battle Los Angeles was one of the early movies of 2011 and, at least in my eyes, the movie did not disappoint.

Director Jonathan Liebesman the cast is lead by Aaron Eckhart - it was great to see him step into the action genre.

It may be billed as an alien invasion flick, which to a certain extent it is, but it really is more of a war movie as the U.S. Marines tackle a hostile enemy

Battle: Los Angeles is a loud, gripping, edge of your seat ride that puts the human race in an almost impossible position.

Attack The Block

Attack the Block saw Joe Cornish make his directorial debut as he brought together a cast that included John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Alex Esmail.

Trainee nurse Sam (Jodie Whittaker) is walking alone through the dark streets of South London when a gang of youths surround her and rob her, but she is saved when something falls from the sky.

A meteor impacts with a nearby parked car and Sam flees, just before the gang is attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage.

The gang chases the creature and kills it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, which they treat as their territory.

But the adventure is not over. The alien attacks have only just begun...

The movie gained good reviews in the UK and is performing well in the U.S. despite being on a limited release.


We had to wait four to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team up again, yes it really was 2007 and Hot Fuzz.

Anyway they teamed up with Greg Mottola to bring up Paul, so far one of the best comedy movies of the year.

Ok so there is plenty to like about this movie Pegg and Frost, as you might imagine, banter well together and are perfect as Clive and Graeme as get a little more than what they bargained for on their alien hotspot road trip.

However when it comes to acting performances it's Seth Rogen who steals the show as the pot loving, foul mouthed Paul.

The movie roared to the top of the UK box office and is a movie that you really should catch if you missed it at the cinema.

Super 8

This week JJ Abrams gets in on the act as he returns to this genre - successfully bringing us Cloverfield back in 2008.

After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

The movie has already topped the box office in the U.S. and is being called the movie of the summer - no doubt it will enjoy similar success this week in the UK.

And the alien movies don't stop here as The Thing, Cowboys and Aliens and The Darkest Hour are just a couple of the titles on the way over the next six months.

Super 8 is released 5th August

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