'Super 8' message: Technology not our friend

From the Associated Press:

Joe Lamb (Joel Courtney), the adolescent protagonist, is the exception, the sensitive kid who realizes that amid all of this gadgetry and mechanization, sometimes just being human — being genuinely nice — is the answer. He is America unplugged, and if "Super 8" is any indication, Abrams believes that there's still great value to that, even today: A fan boy doesn't need gadgets to prevail.

That probably should have been obvious from the first moment of "Super 8," when the logo of Abrams' production company appears. Remember it? "Bad Robot."

Joel Courtney