Director: Dave Green
Time: 1 hr. 29 minutes
Despite the temptation to classify this movie as a Disney version of ET, there are some differences. The film is seen through the eyes and technical devices of Tuck (Brian “Astro” Bradley). The neighborhood is being destroyed in order to put in a freeway and Tuck and his friends Alex (Teo Helm) and Munch (Reece C. Hartwig) have to move. When all of their iphones start behaving oddly, the three boys get together to figure out why and this leads them to an adventure that they will never forget.
This movie was originally pitched to Walt Disney Studios but due to a change in personnel, it was put in turnaround to Relativity Pictures. This means that Disney’s name is no where associated with the movie. I like the actors in the movie and it should be noted that Teo Helm was nominated as “Best Actor” for his portrayal of the foster boy Alex at the Teen Awards. Brian Bradley, who plays Tuck, is apparently a young rapper. Reece Hartwig as Munch is good, but his character is a bit annoying as the weird kid. Ella Wahlestedt as Emma, a rebellious rich girl, was also very good.
The only thing that I can say about the editing was that it was a bit unusual. The movie was done with iphone, webcam, and the usual filming technique. For me, this was a bit annoying but I suppose that it was needed for the flavor of the story telling. The movie only got medium favorable reviews when it came out, but I liked it despite that. I thought the character’s excitement helped carry the movie and so I would give it 4 stars out of 5. It is available on Blu-Ray and regular DVD.