Review By Chris Sweda
Release October 21, 2014
Studio: Relativity Media
Director: Dave Green
Screenwriter: Henry Gayden
Starring: Teo Halm, Brian “Astro” Bradley, Reese Hartwig, Ella Linnea Wahlestedt
MPAA rating: PG
Well…… This is a story about four friends who are about to be separated by the new construction of a freeway through their neighborhood. That is until their cell phones get hacked by an alien force (no, not the N.S.A.) which causes them to receive a signal in the form of a map. After deciding to chase the signal down, they are led through a series of events which teaches them the value of real friendship and that distance is just a state of mind.
WHAT A SEC…. wasn’t there another movie where the main characters’ parents were in a situation where they are being forced to move, then find a map, get chased by adults, and at the end everything is alright? Yeah, that’s right. Then there’s this other movie where kids find an alien who just wants to go home.
If you haven’t pieced it together yet, this film is a modernized “E.T.” meets “The Goonies.” I do have to say though, I think they did a decent job. This is a well-rounded film for both parent and child. The acting was slacking in a few scenes, there are some serious logistic issues concerning batteries, but come on it’s a kid’s flick. For the parents, there are those hidden jokes only us adults understand. For the kids, it’s an adventure with friends. For both, it’s a visually stimulating ride from a creative perspective any age can enjoy. This film is sure to capture the imagination, widen the eyes of our youthful “inner-child,” and deliver a fun light-hearted adventure for all ages.