A boy obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. Now what?
A 12-year-old boy goes missing in 1978, only to reappear once more in 1986. In the eight years that have passed, he hasn't aged. It is no coincidence that at the time he "comes back", a flying saucer is found, entangled in power lines.Written by
The red, white, and blue star on the NASA facilities was the Bicentennial Star from 1976, designed by graphic designer Bruce Blackburn, who also co-designed the NASA "worm" emblem. See more »
When David first looks at the road map on board the ship, he chews a piece of the Nestle Crunch bar he bought at the gas station. The next shot shows the bar close-up, without a bite taken out of it. When the camera cuts back to a wide shot, a large bite is missing. See more »
Jeff Freeman, 16 Years:
[shows David a 'missing' poster of him]
Mom and Dad made me put those up on every tree and telephone pole for years, every Saturday. Mom just couldn't accept that you were dead.
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This movie is an entertaining fantasy, but there's quite a bit more to it just beneath the surface. The protagonist is a 12-y/o kid raised, as most are in Western culture, to be incompetent, overly dependent on adults, and untrusting of his own judgment. When he finds himself aboard an alien spacecraft, he naturally first attempts to transfer that dependency to the robotic pilot Max, which, all-seeing eye and all, represents the omniscient grown-up. As time goes on, though, David begins to realize that: 1) his own interests do not in fact always coincide with Max's, 2)that therefore he must advocate for himself to achieve a favorable outcome, and 3) that he's the one who has to decide just what outcome will best meet his needs. Much unlike most "kid movies," this character shows real growth, and in the end confronts a real moral and personal dilemma. Whether you agree with his choice or not, you have to respect him for what he has become.
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