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At First Light (2018)

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Alex is floating unconscious in a lake when light from a UFO of light saves her by enhancing her abilities such as telekinesis and healing power. Her friend Sean helps her. The authorities want her - not just for stealing a police car.


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Credited cast:
Stefanie Scott ... Alex
Théodore Pellerin ... Sean
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Cal
Percy Hynes White ... Oscar
Kate Burton ... Kate
Janet-Laine Green ... Grandma
Jahmil French ... Nathan
James Wotherspoon ... Tom
Tony Hart Tony Hart ... Sheriff
Steve Love ... Lurking Boy
Kristin Booth ... Sherri
Dana Fradkin ... Waitress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josh Cruddas ... Hector
Sean Devine ... Doctor
Ingrid Dion ... Technical Scientist


The film follows a high school senior, Alex Lainey, who has an encounter with mysterious lights that appear over her small town. She soon develops dangerous, supernatural abilities and turns to her childhood friend Sean Terrel. The authorities target them and a chase ensues as officials try to discover the truth behind Alex's transformation.

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Where the light ends, the human journey begins.


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

28 September 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Nevada, USA See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,539, 8 October 2018
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Alex pushes Sean out of the window, they hover for a moment, then drop onto the bonnet/hood of the Sheriff's car. They steal the car &, a few minutes later, pull up in a car park & the bonnet/hood is undamaged. See more »

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Have some perspective
1 January 2019 | by SnootzSee all my reviews

This is neither a great scifi film nor the worst ever made. Come on folks, have a little balance in your reviews.

If you're going to watch a teen-oriented movie, don't condemn it for being teen oriented. Seriously. That's like the atheists who watch religious films and then slam them for being faith oriented. That's stupid.

This film has some unusually good directing and filming. The plot is a little thin and it's a little slow-moving, but it doesn't have "no ending" as some claim here; it's just not the tucked-in-a-box ending they wanted or expected.

The characters were well-designed and the actors played the parts well. For once there was no cliche evil clandestine governmental conspiracy plots going on. This is a first-contact story without all the neat and tidies. That's based on simple common sense: If first-contact occurred with an alien species, what makes us think we would have anything at all in common as a starting ground?

This is (as was fully declared from the beginning) a teen romance film. No it didn't all make sense. For example... how is it he starts out selling jewelry in a pawn shop for $20 because "we need the money"... then later they have enough cash for pizzas and medicine and bus tickets and whatever they need? So yeah, it could have been better thought out.

So no, not the best movie ever made, nor the absolute worst. It's standard scifi. I'm starting to think there is a growing number of people who watch films they know ahead of time isn't their cuppa tea just so they can spout off on IMDB reviews. My advice: watch films you're likely to enjoy. Time is far too limited to waste it on genres you hate. Such reviews are useless to others. If you hate scifi or hate teen romances, then don't start watching this in the first place. Right?

I found the watch enjoyable, not disappointing at the end, and basically entertaining. I give films 5 stars for "mediocre but tolerable". This one gets a 6. Not quite good enough for anything above that, but worth the watch.

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