After the tragic death of his mother, Joe and his father Jack must start picking up the pieces and get back to their normal small town lives. After a few months Joe's best friend Charles has the bright idea of making a zombie movie for an international film festival. A few friends tag along including: Preston,Martin,Cary, and Joe's love interest/daughter of the man who was seen as partially responsible for Joe's mother's death Alice. The crew set off to make their film, but during one night of filming they catch something strange on camera: a train accident. After narrowly escaping the wreck they find their biology teacher was driving the pick up truck which caused the accident. Clinging to life the mortally wounded teacher has enough resolve to warn the teenagers at gunpoint to forget what they saw. The whole event was captured on film and in the train wreckage the youngsters find strange white cubes that seem to be able to completely change their shape and size. The air force appears right as the children leave, and of course they discover that their cargo is gone and their extraterrestrial prisoner has escaped. The small town is now under "quarantine" and the military is sending everyone to live in camps until they find the creature and the cubes. Of course Joe and his crew aren't about to sit around and wait for the military to fix this problem so they go about finding the alien themselves.
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Best part of story, including ending:
The story reminded me of any number of 80's coming of age films but it also didn't slack in the mystery department. It was a monster movie with heart.
Best scene in story:
The train crash it was thrilling and a bit unexpected.
Opinion about the main character:
The main character is likable and you feel for him. He just lost his mother and he is navigating the tough time period of adolescence as well as wrestling with his emotions over a girl whose father was seen as the culprit in his mother's death. He's really dealing with a lot of complex emotions and he deals with them relatively well for a kid his age.