Yet another brilliant film directed by J.J. Abrams - who was in a break between his two additions to the Star Trek franchise when he filmed this movie - this mixes the often hit-and-miss sci-fi horror genre with Abrams visual flair and producer Steven Spielberg's crowd-pleasing tendencies.
While there are plenty of characters in this film, all of what makes it work come in the form of the children at the centre of the plot, namely Joe (Joel Courtney) and Alice (Elle Fanning), whose story of early love is one many can relate to, but is not a plotline that is thrown into the face of the audience, instead existing as a subplot.
Meanwhile, a lost and confused alien held by the Air Force has escaped and is causing havoc in a small Ohio town, and that's where the sci-fi comes into it.
Telling a story like this through the eyes of children is something that gives it, I think, more genuine scares, as the audience goes back to a more vulnerable time in their own life.
It's basically a very enjoyable Spielberg film.