Here is how I see it... Abrams born 1966. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Released 1982. The Goonies released 1985. JJ's Daddy, Gerald W. Abrams, was gone alot I assume, he has a big T.V. directing background. So combining his obvious love for the previously above referenced movies, and what I can only assume was the lack of having a father figure present in his up bringing. Here is my outtake on the movie; ;I want to redo THE GOONIES, No!, wait, I want to remake E.T., but I want to display my displacement of having no father figure in my childhood, and I am so turned on by MEN in Uniforms, i.e. Star Trek, Can you say SPANDEX; Cloverfield, the U.S. Military, and this worthless amount of recorded digital, Again U.S. Military dressed actors. Stick em in a noisy BLEND TECH Mixer and this is what you get. Irritating and lousy acting from a bunch of youth, senseless scenes that contradict ALL MOVIE MAKE BELIEVE, and throw in some stupid. Well if that affects that, why not that Question. And there is STUPER AIN'T in a nutshell. I hope you learn your lesson J.J. or have you been hanging around with M. Night Shyamalan? Wait for REDBOX.