`Super 8' message: Technology not our friend

In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, from left, Gabriel Basso, Ryan Lee, Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths are shown in a scene from "Super 8." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Francois Duhamel)

July 2, 2011 4:09:42 AM PDT
It's convenient to assign J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," one of this summer's biggest movies, an easy, modular genre: Intrepid small-town kids encounter the unknown, engage it, handle it far better than the adults and find that their emotionally sensitive behavior brings their community salvation. Call it the E.T. Effect.