A baby Speilberg who toyed with films is from Cincinnati, Ohio & this is set in Ohio & the kids have the filmaking bug.
Kyle Chandler (the coach from from the Friday Night Lights TV series) is a great dad grieving for his recently deceased wife. Dakota Fanning's little sister is an asorable young female star. The main kid resembles a baby Ralph Maccio. The little gang of friends has a bit of the "Goonies" feel to them.
The digital technology can really flesh out the special effects to make these sci-fi scenarios come alove.
While rather predictable in the plot it manages to heighten the suspense by keeping the creature hidden till nearly the end.
Too scary for small kids. Imax is very loud. But kids over 10 ought to be ok to see it.