When a group of friends witness a train crash while filming a homemade zombie movie, their lives are turned upside down. It’s the summer of 1979, and Joe (Joel Courtney) and his friends are filming a movie when a train is derailed by a truck running straight into it. In the midst of the wreckage, something escapes and now the army has taken over the town. Shortly after, residents start to disappear and no one knows why. Joe’s father, the deputy of the town tries to get answers from the military as to what was being contained aboard the train, but he’s not getting any answers. Soon the town will discover that what the train was carrying was something more dangerous than any of them could have imagined.

This movie to me was a combination of “Stand by Me”, “Goonies”, and “ET” all rolled into one. It’s a great movie about a boy and his friends and how they end up being caught in the middle of a government cover-up. The government has been hiding an extraterrestrial and when it escapes, they will do anything it takes to capture or destroy it. I thought this was a fantastic story of kids dealing with their own personal problems while also trying to figure out what’s going on in their town. The special effects were very good, and the action scenes were phenomenal. I also liked that fact that it takes place in 1979, and that it gave the movie a nostalgic feel.

All of the young actors in the movie did exceptional jobs in their roles, and the movie had a warmth and innocence to it. The scene when the train crashes was breathtaking and very exciting. It was one of the best train wreak scenes I’ve seen in a long time. Overall I felt this movie was really, really good, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the types of movies I compared it to in the beginning of this review. I gave this movie 3 ½ train cars out of 4. It’s a great summer movie. The movie runs 1 hour and 52mins. It’s rated PG 13 for intense sequences of Sci-Fi action and violence, language and some drug use. It was written & directed by J.J. Abrams. It was produced by Bad Robot, Amblin Entertainment. The film was distributed by Paramount Pictures.

Not all aliens are as friendly as ET. Ezo
Next movie reviewed: Green Lantern


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